The total estimated cost of the construction package is
The plan "will mirror very closely" the partnership
"For us, it's another way to meet our mission to develop Christian personality through programs and it's a good partnership," Bell said.
Sosne says swimming "is a life skill" students in a lakeside community need to learn.
According to survey results released in November by independent research firm K12 Insight, 76 percent approved of the partnership with the
"Every student needs to learn to swim," she said, "and to be part of curriculum is such an awesome opportunity."
Frost said there is about 30 acres available for development where the aquatics center would be built.
"The facility would occupy an estimated 10 acres for the facility, parking and possible water park," he said.
The aquatics facility would be about 55,000 square feet, Frost said, and the main center would include two indoor pools -- one cool water, one warm -- a basketball gym with elevated track around it, fitness rooms and weight room, and additional space, possibly for racquetball or school needs.
"The additions could include 10,000 square feet for meeting spaces and classrooms," Frost said, "and an outdoor water park, if funds are available after all other (bond) projects have been met."
Frost said partnering with the Y is more viable than building a free-standing pool at the high school or on land owned by the district near the administration office, which was not accessible by a highway.
Bell said while the school has the capital, the
"We're pretty good at it," he said, saying there are five
"The name of the game is having year-round swimmers without which you can't be competitive," she said.
She is thankful for the precedent set in
"I think it's crucial these third-graders learn to swim," she said. "It's also crucial to the fitness of the area, kids and adult, and the beauty of everyone learning to swim."
Bell also said it's about teaching healthy lifestyles.
"Teaching kids to swim is the focus, but if they learn to swim they'll be more active," he said. "Swimming is forever."
"We never turn anyone down on membership," he said, explaining there are scholarships and other ways to meet membership fees. "It's primarily to serve kids, but there will be senior adults using the pool. They find they can do things in the pool they couldn't do on land."
Bell said the
"It would just be a dream come true for our community," said
She said the
"Keeping them close to home gives them more swim time, and increases the quality of the experience and safety, as well," McCallum said.
The 656 children in the after school programs held at the district's six elementary schools could combine at this facility, she said.
She also said there are many programs the
"Typically, when we open, we never close another one," she said.
Bell said the new facility could serve a lot of different people in a lot of ways.
"The Y becomes the community center and attracts all kinds of people," he said. "It's flattering to know we're going to be able to pull the community together."
Frost said thanks to the
Homeowners shouldn't expect higher property taxes if the bond passes, school officials say, because bonds sold in 2006 will be expiring.
"While we've lowered our tax burden on the community other counties have increased," Frost said. "The school portion of the tax will go down. "
Officials say in 2007 homeowners paid
"The millage rate impact for the bond would increase millage from 24 to 35 mils," Frost said.
The impact would cost an estimated
"Effectively, if the bond is unsuccessful, the millage rate would remain relatively the same with minimal savings," Frost said.
The district's construction project manager is
Bonds are only for capital growth, not teachers salaries and staff, which would come from the district's general operations budget.
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