2017-11-11 / News

Emporium pool study group planned

Cameron County School Board members are looking to residents, businesses and local organizations to partner with the school district for operation of the community swimming pool.

During last Thursday’s workshop, directors discussed establishing a pool committee or booster group to boost attendance and income.

“It’s not a school pool, it’s a community pool, so we shouldn’t dictate what happens with it,” said superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe, expressing a sentiment shared by the majority of the board.

The team would be made up of school board members, parents, swim team representatives, Rotarians and other local community leaders.

Last month, about 40 residents turned out to lobby the school board to save the 60-year-old pool.

Over the past five years, cost has averaged $36,000 annually and revenue generated by the pool has been about $4,000. Average daily turnout has declined, from 56 in 2015-16 to 41 this year.

Season passes cost $37 for families and $28 for individuals, a fraction of the fees in St. Marys, Port Allegany and Smethport.

School officials plan to hold a second meeting to discuss the future of the pool early next year.

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