Two motions were presented at the January 2020 Joint Patagonia School District Board Meeting pertaining to the future of the swimming pool. The first motion, which was approved by both the Elementary and the High School Boards, agreed to let The Friends of the Patagonia Pool (FOPP), a citizens’ committee, raise money to keep the swimming pool open and agreed to let Mountain Empire Rotary be the fiscal sponsor until FOPP forms a non-profit corporation.
The second motion, which asked the school boards to commit in advance to investing its one-third share ($10,000) for 2020 and 2021 was tabled. The boards requested a member of FOPP present at a future meeting to further discuss their plans.
FOPP is working with a pool company to evaluate the condition of the pool and to make an estimate for the anticipated cost for the operational costs to keep the pool open.
The Elementary and High School Boards elected representatives to form an executive committee for the swimming pool. The Elementary Board elected Kathleen Pasierb and the High School Board elected Jim Cosbey. The town elected Mayor Andrea Wood. This executive committee will be responsible to meet with and make recommendations to the pool manager hired by the school board.
The Town of Patagonia has set a special study session to discuss the pool on Wed. Feb. 5 at 6:00 p.m.