Paso Robles school district plans to auction off pool

May 3, 2022

Previous plans for the aquatic center

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

In an effort to downscale its pricey aquatic center project, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District is auctioning off the parts of a pool it purchased.

District officials listed the parts for the warmup-sized Myrtha pool on the website govdeals.com at a starting bid of $50,000. The pool cost $277,839 when it was new, according to a questions and answers section of the listing.

The pool is designed to be 25 yards by 21.67 yards with a depth ranging from 3 feet 6 inches to 5 feet. The pool parts had been sitting in storage containers near Paso Robles High School for multiple years.

Partially funded by a $95 million bond measure approved by voters in 2016, the aquatic center project was initially estimated to cost $10.57 million. In Jan. 2019, amid district budget woes, officials announced a pair of contractors submitted bids between $11 million and $12.7 million, prompting school board members to decide to table the project.

At the time, district officials said, if they were to sell pool parts, they would anticipate doing so at a 20 to 25 percent loss.

The pool listed for sale is one of two pools the Paso Robles district purchased after embarking upon the aquatic center project. The district is keeping the parts for the other pool, the larger one, which they still plan to construct.

District officials purchased the larger pool for about $687,000. It was intended to be a 50-meter-by-25-yard competition pool with a maximum depth of 7 feet. However, the district has scaled down plans for the competition pool to a size of 38 meters by 25 yards. [Tribune]

Building the single, reduced-size pool will make constructing the aquatic complex more affordable, said Brad Pawlowski, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services. The district is now seeking an architect to design the complex around the smaller competition pool.

Even at a length of 38 meters, the pool would be the longest high school pool in SLO County.


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shelworth

Will they deliver it complete with water?


kevin rise

Not only is paso school district being investigated by the feds, but is easily the most mismanaged controversial town in this county that sold its soul and soil to the devil. So much financial mismanagement. So much corruption, so much drama, so tired of it.


Florian75

Billionaires Stewart & Lynda Resnick are missing a ”wonderful” opportunity to give back to Paso Robles and the north county. With their generous donation of a few million dollars, they could have helped build and fund the operation of an exceptional, deluxe, state-of-the-art ‘Resnick Aquatics Center‘ at Paso Robles High School. Such a facility would be a ”wonderful” gift to the community and go a long way towards making amends and building goodwill.


Jorge Estrada

Does this mean that Paso Robles will sell back the water too? Attn: San Miguel, Steinbeck, everyone who gets rained on in the north county?


JThomas

The brains who approved the project needs to go back to school and learn about economics.


kayaknut

and they need to be assisted in find a new opportunity for employment. Any surprise the district has financial concerns?


nunsense

there are ones at Costco, about 2′ by 5′ that only require an air pump and a hose. given the way the district is going, its about all they can afford.