Shelton Pool Asset To Community
The Shelton High School pool is a major asset to our community. It’s used daily by approximately 300 people including students and community members. We live in an area filled with water access and having the pool available helps with overall community health and safety. Plus, with the demise of the bowling alley and the closure of the skate park, it is one of the few facilities left to our youth for recreation and entertainment.
Last year, the Shelton school board seriously considered closing the high school pool due to repair needs, including pool resurfacing, maintenance room repairs, energy upgrades, and ADA accessibility upgrades. After much public outcry and some favorable news from the district’s insurance company, the board decided to keep the pool open through the end of the current school year. Their hope was the repairs could be (again) deferred to summer 2015, and a plan put into place for proper long term maintenance and upgrading. We are now at the point where action needs to be taken by the board to insure the most pressing maintenance can happen this summer. If the pit lid in the maintenance room and the pool resurfacing projects do not happen soon, there is a good chance we will be facing pool closure in just a few months.
If you feel the pool is an important community asset and needs to be kept open, I encourage you to contact the members of the school board and interim superintendent Art Jarvis and let them know. If we’re going to keep this valuable facility available to the students and the community, the board needs to make the pool a priority on the summer maintenance schedule instead of continuing to defer maintenance.
Sally Karr, Shelton, WA
January 15, 2015