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A local high school plans to spend more than $300,000 in property tax money to upgrade its swimming pool this summer.

Clark-Pleasant Community School Corp. likely will spend $345,000 to $395,000 to renovate the pool at Whiteland Community High School. That amount includes fees for a local company to create plans for and oversee the project.

The work will be paid for with property tax money Clark-Pleasant collects for building projects and maintenance. Because of property tax caps, Clark-Pleasant has been slow to spend that money in recent years; but the repairs are needed so the high school can continue to use the pool for years, business and finance director Steve Sonntag said.

The concrete gutter, which serves as a border for the pool, has multiple sections that need to be patched. The high school also wants to add a stainless steel gutter on top of the existing concrete to help the pool last longer.

Other work would include repairing the pool’s bulkhead, an object that floats in the water and can be used as an entry point during swim meets, updating the circulation system and making other upgrades, Sonntag said.

“It just needs some TLC. We’re trying to be proactive,” he said.

Whiteland’s pool is 17 years old and is used by swim teams and physical education classes.

This week, three Clark-Pleasant school board members approved paying Aquatic and Recreation Design in Trafalgar $45,000 to create plans for the pool’s renovation. Board member John Venter abstained from the vote, and member David Stephenson wasn’t at the meeting.

School officials won’t know the total cost of construction until April when a contractor is hired, Sonntag said.

Work will begin in mid- to late June, after summer physical education classes have finished swimming lessons.

Aquatic and Recreation Design will oversee the project to be sure all of the work is done correctly, and the project should be completed in September, Sonntag said.

He said the high school’s swim team, which typically starts practice in October, shouldn’t be affected by the work.

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