By Sam Jack
Campus High School’s new natatorium is coming along and could be ready as early as mid-September, head swimming coach Kelly Kennedy said.
“It’s just beautiful. They’ve got all the tile in the pool and around the deck down, and it’s going great,” Kennedy said. “The bleachers aren’t in yet, and they’ve got a few windows to put glass in. They still have the mechanics, like the pump, to get installed.”
The new indoor pool will have eight 25-yard lanes – double the four lanes in the old natatorium, which was filled in and turned into a weight-lifting room.
“It’ll make things go much smoother. We can have more teams at our meets, and just room for everything,” Kennedy said.
The additional lanes will make it much easier for swimmers and divers to practice simultaneously.
“We have a standard diving board in there, and also a ‘Cheeseboard.’ The reason it’s called a Cheeseboard is because it has holes in the end of it, which allows it to flex more, and you can get more spring out of it,” Kennedy said. “I would say that most will pick the Cheeseboard to do their dives during meets.”
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The new natatorium was approved as part of a $59 million bond issue that voters OK’d in June 2015.
According to USD 261’s latest bond project update, the planned budget for the natatorium project was $6.1 million, but total current costs were $10.4 million as of July 13 – about $4.3 million over the original projection.
Other bond projects came in under budget, but the district’s July 13 bond fund analysis shows that funds allocated, committed or spent for bond projects total $62,765,066. That figure is $562,672 more than the total bond funds available.
Most bond construction is now or will soon be done, according to a project timeline from the district. Left to be finished are the natatorium, a shop addition at Campus and a new roof for Rex Elementary. The Rex roof will not be finished until next summer.