ROCHESTER — Although not as big as originally planned, renovations to the pool at Mayo High School are on schedule.
The Rochester School Board approved bids for the project Tuesday night. Work on the pool is expected to begin in the spring of 2023 and be completed this fall.
The project total is $1,699,714. The work will include replacing “failing mechanical pool equipment, improving air circulation, sound displacement, lighting, structural improvements to the roof and other deteriorated finishes such as doors and rusty frames,” according to information provided to the school board.
The Mayo High School pool maintenance project was originally included in funding approved by the district’s 2019 referendum. The referendum provided up to $9.5 million for the construction of a new swimming pool at Century High School, the filling of pools at three of the district’s colleges, as well as work at Mayo High School’s pool.
In addition to maintenance projects, the school district had originally planned to deepen Mayo’s pool in order to upgrade it “to a legal diving depth.”
Those plans changed when the district decided to expand the scope of Century High School’s new pool. In March 2021, the school board voted to allocate more of the referendum funding to creating a larger pool at Century High School.
The district will now fund Mayo’s renovation with its long-term facility maintenance fund instead of referendum funding.
According to RPS operations manager Scott Sherden, construction of the Century Pool should be complete around Thanksgiving.