SBPS Board of Education Reviews Facilities, will make Determination on Splash Arena at May Regular Meeting
The Scottsbluff Public Schools Board of Education reviewed the current status of the Splash Arena Facility at a Facilities Work Session in April. Randy Scott, Director of Facilities and Maintenance reported that through changes in utility usage, the District was alerted of a potential leak in the Splash Arena indoor pool. Through further investigation, it was determined that the pool was leaking at a rate of approximately 7.5 gallons per minute above and beyond normal evaporation requiring the closure of the pool until repairs are made per Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services regulations. The District has consulted with Associated Pool Builders and Baker and Associates to receive an evaluation of necessary repairs and associated costs. No action was taken at the April meeting. The Board may make a determination regarding the repair, replacement and/or closure of the Splash Arena Facility as early as the May regular meeting.
The School District is pursuing potential alternatives that could allow the high school's Seacats swim team to continue including conversations with the YMCA and any other potential partners who have an interest in constructing a public indoor pool.
The Splash facility has numerous issues that threaten the pool's viability and this problem was not at all anticipated. Many other failures were far greater concerns. Estimates to address this alone are between $350,000 and $550,000. The School District had been working with the Splash Foundation to preserve programming until the leak required the closure of the pool.
The Board also reviewed short term, mid-term and long term facility upgrades identified by staff at all buildings throughout the District