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VCSC Moving Forward with Pool Plan

The pools at all three Vigo County high schools are more than 39 years old and do not meet IHSAA standards for competition. Monday night the Vigo County School Board voted to move forward with a plan for a new pool.
Vigo County School Board approved a plan to move forward with a $9.8 million dollar plan for one centralized pool.

It will be funded through a bond, but the school corporation says it will have no burden on tax payers.

Vigo County Schools currently have a pool in each high school. All of them over 39-years-old and in dire need of constant maintenance and repairs.

"We did have a structural integrity test done and it says the pools are safe. However, two years will be the maximum so that process will begin now," said Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Danny Tanoos.

The school corporation also plans for the pool to be open to the public and the Terre Haute Torpedoes.

"They are our kids. They may be not school in terms of that title, but the Torpedoes and the West Vigo Middle School are feeder programs. We don't have an organized feeder program for swimming like youth football. So for us we think that they are very much a part," Tanoos said.

A timeline for completion of the pool is not set. But the school board has a plan.

"About a month from now we'll bring this back for a vote of approval to allow us to then really get into hiring architects and engineers and begin thinking about building a swimming facility," Tanoos said.

The school board also heard a plan for each kindergarten class in the school system to take swim lessons for one week each at the facility. They are partnering with the United Way to get a grant for the program.
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