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Dec 12, 2017
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

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January 6, 2017

HS pool closed for repairs until late winter/early spring

Community Swim Program cancelled until Sept. 2017

Due to the malfunction of a main drainage pipe which had the potential to create an unsafe structure, the high school pool has been closed and drained in anticipation of repairs. Because of the complexity of the repairs, it is estimated the pool will be closed until late winter or early spring. This means the community swim program is cancelled for the remainder of the year and the boys swim team has been relocated for the remainder of its season. It is expected that the community swim program will resume in September 2017.

Much like home repairs that are necessary due to everyday wear and tear, school facilities that serve hundreds of students daily also need to undergo restorations or updates to inefficient items in order to keep them in good working order. After 50 years of continual use, the main drainage pipe can no longer perform at optimal levels. Initial inspections reveal there is a massive mineral deposit build-up inside of the pipe. In some areas, the mineral build-up limits water flow by about 50 percent, while in other areas the water flow is almost completely blocked. This pipe, which is made of cast iron and was installed in 1967, is located at the bottom of the pool and will likely need to be removed and replaced with a pipe made of more modern and durable materials, such as PVC. School officials are working with architects and the State Education Department to get approval to move forward with repairs. Through the website, we will keep the community apprised of the repair progress.

In the mean time, arrangements have been made with the Glenville YMCA to provide access for the Boys Varsity Swim Team while the pool is being repaired. The athletes will have swim practice at the YMCA on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided for the team each afternoon following the high school’s 2:18 p.m. dismissal, as well as on an individual basis as needed during the school’s After-school Activity Period (AAP).

If you have additional questions about the community swim program or the swim team, please contact Athletic Director Joe Scalise at jscalise@bhbl.org.