Parent pushes for pool for San Dieguito schools

La Costa Canyon parent Lucile Lynch is hoping that the San Dieguito Union School District will take a deep dive into the issue of building a pool for the district’s swimming and water polo teams.

After the Mavericks water polo team’s successful run to the CIF finals and a celebratory banquet last week, Lynch said she owed it to the athletes to approach the board at their Dec. 11 meeting about getting a pool the district can call its own.

“I’ve spoken with the other schools’ coaches and parent representatives and there’s a cry for a pool in the district,” Lynch said. “It’s an unusual situation to not have immediate access to a pool facility. We have to pay $100,000 a year through parent resources to outside agencies to use their pools, and that’s quite a large sum.”

Parent-driven fundraising has helped secure pool times for several district teams. At San Dieguito High School Academy, parents sold candy and held fundraisers to rent lanes at Alga Norte Aquatic Center in Carlsbad.

The 2014 CIF champion swim team at Torrey Pines practices at the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito in Solana Beach, while the boys water polo team travels to UCSD’s pool. Canyon Crest Academy uses neighboring Cathedral Catholic High School’s pool.

Because of availability at these rented locations, students are waking up to practice as early as 5:30 a.m. and some don’t get home until after 10 p.m. because of late-scheduled practices.

Lynch said she understands that pools are very expensive, but she believes there could be a way to help fund the pool and maintain it on an annual basis. She requested that the district put together a committee to explore the issue. She said the district has numerous talented people who would be willing to share their expertise on such a committee.

Superintendent Rick Schmitt said he would discuss the issue with his cabinet and be in touch with Lynch.

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