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Aquatic center back on HUSD board agenda

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For the second time this month, the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board will talk about the proposed district aquatic center. The aquatic center is an item of discussion on the board's Tuesday meeting.

However, unlike Nov. 2 when the project was just an item for discussion, on Tuesday, the aquatic center is a "possible action" item.

The governing board will meet in executive session at 6:30 p.m., at Glassford Hill Middle School, 6901 Panther Path in Prescott Valley. The board will meet in regular session immediately after the executive session.

During its Nov. 2 meeting, some HUSD board members expressed concerns about the maintenance costs and design of the aquatic center, while others supported the information that led the board in January to approve the project.

In January, the governing board approved spending $3.5 million in B-Bond money to build an aquatic center at Bradshaw Mountain High School.

The plans include a competitive swimming pool, a therapy pool and classrooms. In addition to the $3.5 million construction price tag, the aquatic center comes with a $300,000 annual maintenance and operations bill. For the aquatic center to be feasible, school officials realized that the community must commit to using the pool.

On Nov. 2, Stanton reported that he has talked with potential partners who have expressed interest in using the pool, but have not committed to times and rates, nor have they signed intergovernmental agreements.

Before the aquatic center discussion, Mike LaValle of Stone and Youngberg, LLC, will update the governing board about the district's B-Bond funds.

The meeting is open to the public.

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