Plan calls for new $8 million swimming pools at four San Dieguito Union High School District schools

School Board will review plans at Thursday meeting
Posted at 9:29 AM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 13:20:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Some parents want swimming pools built at all four schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District, and at a board meeting Thursday night, the district's Aquatics Committee will present a plan to get them built.

The plan calls for four pools at the cost of about $8 million each. The pools would then cost nearly $400,000 to operate every year.

The new swimming pools would be installed at Torrey Pines High School, Canyon Crest Academy, La Costa Canyon High School and San Dieguito Academy.

Right now, swimming, diving and water polo teams at the four schools practice off-site, often using Boys & Girls Clubs pools, which create scheduling conflicts.

"It's rather difficult," said Brian Coffin, whose daughter Leah swims for Torrey Pines High. "You're spending a lot of time driving to and from locations."

"We might as well be the Torrey Pines Vagabonds or Travelers, or whatever," said Torrey Pines High swim coach Richard Contreras.

Contreras, who has been the coach for 21 years, said he's used to not having a home pool, but that doesn't mean he wants it to stay that way forever.

The proposal says the pools could also be used as community pools, where kids could learn to swim or be lifeguards. It would also benefit PE classes at the schools.

The board won't make a decision during Thursday night's meeting. If they like the proposal, they'd still have a lot to figure out, such as how to fund construction.