FVSU receives state funding to fix pool | News
Fort Valley State will be re-opening their pool, thanks to funding from the state.
"Local schools were heavy users of the pool," said Dwayne Crew, who is head of the facilities office, "When Houston County had their swim meets this place would be packed."
That was four years ago, before Fort Valley State University's pool closed due to cracks in the floor.
Crew says the cracks may have happened because the 12-foot pool was too close to the water table underneath the building.
The University System of Georgia has approved 400,000 dollars to the school to repair it.
Crew says construction should start at the beginning of September and be finished by early October.
He says different high schools would use the pool for regional swim meets, which brought in more revenue for the school.
He estimates an annual 10,000 dollar increase in revenue from the pool once it is fixed.
In the new design for the pool, the deep end will be raised from 12 feet to 8 feet to maintain state-wide requirements for swim meets.
Crew says the entire shell will be taken out, and a new one put in.
He says the estimated cost to do that will be between 360,000 and 400,000.
"Right now, we're having to delay the actual teaching of students to swim. Our ROTC unit needs a place to teach the cadets how to navigate in the water and how to swim," Crew says.
He says the new pool should be ready in time for homecoming. That's October 25th.
The new design for the pool has been sent to the state Dept of Health for approval.