November 2, 2011 4:27 pm

The Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at 7810 Arroyo Circle.

Two action/information items on the agenda are brief but similar: Both are related to aquatics.

Problems with South Valley Middle School’s pool – a hot topic during last week’s joint meeting between GUSD and the City of Gilroy – will be addressed this Thursday. GUSD trustees will provide district staff with direction over whether to fix the pool’s main motor pumps and refill the pool, which will cost approximately $1,375.

At a future board meeting, district staff and city personnel will present information about the use of the pool, plus the cost of long term repairs. This will aid city and school officials as they decide to keep the pool open or close it.

According to GUSD, the pool leaks continuously and loses between 6,000 to 9,600 gallons of water per month at an estimated cost of $16,800 per year. The cost of repairing the leak is $31,500. It also needs new boilers and a filtering system, which will cost GUSD about $130,200.

Currently, the South Valley Middle School pool is used for an adaptive P.E. class for special needs students and multiple summer programs spearheaded by the City of Gilroy Parks and Recreation Department, such as the Junior Lifeguards. Low-income children who qualify are also eligible to receive free, Federally subsidized swimming lessons in the summer.

“It’s not just the city, but also all aspects of the community,” noted City Recreation Director Maria de Leon. “Different vulnerable populations will be impacted.”

Things are looking up for the two pools at Gilroy High School, which are in need of major resurfacing. Board approval is recommended to award a bid and approve a contract with Burkett’s Pool Plastering, Inc., which will repair serious tile breakage occurring in the lining of both pools. The total cost is $211,490 and will come from the district’s general fund.

Also noteworthy:

  • Middle school principals will present their Single Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Middle School students with a perfect CST score of 600, and elementary schools with API scores of 800 or above, will be recognized.

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