During the Alvin ISD Board Meeting held on June 9, at Rodeo Palms Jr. High, the Board of Trustees considered a recommendation to begin the process of designing a practice pool facility at Shadow Creek High School. The original design of the campus did not include facilities to accommodate swimming and aquatics programs on site.
After receiving feedback from the community, Alvin ISD Trustees charged Superintendent Dr. Buck Gilcrease with exploring potential options to include a swimming pool facility as part of the Shadow Creek High School Complex. Alvin ISD’s current comprehensive high schools, Alvin and Manvel, both utilize a practice pool on their campus. The recommendation brought forward to the Trustees requested the approval of a contract for professional design services be issued to Stantec Architects, to provide architectural and engineering services for a practice pool at Shadow Creek High School. Following a motion by Trustee Nicole Tonini, the Board unanimously approved Stantec Architects to begin the design work on the project.
Alvin ISD superintendent Dr. Buck Gilcrease shared, “Although the current timeline prevents a pool from being completed by the 1st day of school, if all goes according to plan, we expect to have a pool on the campus during the inaugural 2016-17 school year.”
“I’m extremely appreciative that the Alvin ISD Board of Trustees has and, always will, continue to support the program needs of our students as evidenced by the decision to build a pool at Shadow Creek High School,” stated Mike Bass, Alvin ISD Athletic Director.
Stantec Architects, along with Alvin ISD’s Building Programs Department, have also been asked to evaluate the conditions of the pool currently at Alvin High School. It is possible the Board of Trustees will be asked, as early as August, to consider approving upgrades and renovations to Alvin High School’s swimming facility, to ensure equity across the District’s programs. The expenditures associated with these projects will come from Alvin ISD’s present funding sources.