With construction work threatening the swim season at the Williamsport Area High School this year, the school board voted to take temporary measures in the school's natatorium in order to ensure a full season for the team Tuesday.
Dr. Don Adams, superintendent, explained that while working on installing new duct work in the high school's pool, workers discovered "deterioration" of the natatorium's suspended or drop ceiling. Adams said this was a "real concern," and corrective measures were in place to fix it.
But the work would have not allowed the school's swim team to practice or hold meets in the natatorium, as the work would not have been completed until the end of January. The swim practice season begins Nov. 18.
After hearing concern from swim team members, the district asked Vern McKissick, project architect, if it was possible to postpone the work until after the season ends in April. McKissick reported back to the district Tuesday that temporary work could be done but added there was no "firm price."
Some board members noted that if the district was going to wait until April to begin the work, it should just wait until after the school year in June in order to allow physical education classes to use it the entire year.
Adams suggested that the board allow work to begin after the season and not wait for June to give workers more time to complete the project, as there are other projects that already are scheduled to be done in the summer.
He also noted that the pool is rarely used later in the school year by these classes as there are warmer temperatures and physical education classes typically go outside during those months.
When the motion was made, it did not include when the permanent work would be begin. The board asked that McKissick attend an upcoming board meeting so it could decide when it would be best for work to begin.
The board voted 8-0 to approve the temporary work for the natatorium.
In other business, Richard McCusker, director of pupil transportation, updated the board on the possibility of posting crossing guards for students.
He reported that the district could reassign two high school security guards in the morning and afternoon to perform these duties. He said they would post one at the intersection of Market and Vernon streets, and another on High Street.
This could be done for "virtually no extra cost" to the district, McCusker said.