The public hearing will solicit comments from the public on whether the old pool should be re-purposed to become a school district facility for ancillary services. School officials say the old pool could provide the school district with a lot of space for an array for offices and operations that now occupy individual school sites around the county that could free up space in those schools for more classrooms.
The meeting won’t determine whether a deal should be struck between the city and the school district, but only that the public have its say in the matter. Unknown elements include whether the old pool building is in good enough shape to be re-modeled and at what cost. There is also the issue whether there should be a government agency occupying a building that is officially a parks and recreation facility. The building sits on city park property. School officials say they could make up for “the loss” of a parks function by providing a more welcoming entrance to Big Creek Park, on which ground the pool sits on. The school district has hinted it might be willing to set up park friendly amenities like an information kiosk at the trailhead just immediately north of the pool building, including a more formal “gateway” look to the location along with Big Creek Park trails maps and what to look for while hiking.