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City and School District to Discuss Swimming Pools Arrangement

Representatives from the City of Alameda and the school board are set to meet next week to discuss the two swimming pools jointly managed by the agencies.An Alameda City Council sub-committee will meet with the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees one week from today to discuss the swimming pools jointly managed by the two agencies.

Under a previously struck agreement, the City of Alameda generally pays for routine maintenance of the Emma Hood and Encinal Swim Centers, while the Alameda Unified School District takes responsibility for capital improvements and major repairs. The arrangement was made to help the school district fund needed repairs at the facilities, which are located at Alameda High School and Encinal High School.

Minutes from a previous June, 2012 joint meeting indicate that the City of Alameda may want to terminate the agreement.

It also indicates that members of the local swimming pool community are interested in taking over management of the pools. A precedent for such a move was set previously when the City of Alameda turned the animal shelter over for operation to the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Just last week, the City of Alameda released the results of a survey of residents on preferences for the development of the former Beltline Railway land into a park; of those surveyed, 29 percent indicated an interest in building a swimming pool and related facilities at the site.

The meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27th in Conference Room 360 at Alameda City Hall. Members of the public may address body on issues on the agenda.

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