Swim program options considered

The defeat of the Gloversville Enlarged School District budget may have inadvertently defeated schoo

The defeat of the Gloversville Enlarged School District budget may have inadvertently defeated school and city plans to operate a summer youth swimming program in the Middle School pool.

Under terms of the contingency budget the school board adopted after its budget proposal was rejected, outside groups must pay the costs for use of district facilities.

When the swim program was proposed a month ago, there was a tentative plan for the school district and the city to split the estimated $21,000 cost to provide four hours of daily pool time to city youth.

Superintendent Robert DeLilli said Monday that school officials are consulting with the state Department of Education to determine what the cost would be to the city for the pool use. DeLilli said a final calculation is not yet available, but said it is probable that it would cost the city more than the $10,500 originally proposed.

Mayor Tim Hughes said a cost as high as $15,000 has been mentioned, but at that price he said the city may have to consider other options.

The most likely alternative, he said, is using city buses to take children to one of the campsite beaches.

Hughes noted the city has taken that course in the past.

City Transit Department Manager Al Schutz said buses with 24 to 30 kids traveled to the state’s Northampton Beach campsite in the summer of 2006. The 2006 program, which offered three trips per week, was subsidized by the YMCA and the Jewish Community Center. The fares of $2 per round trip were paid that summer by the two organizations, Schutz said.

If the city and school district cannot work out an affordable program at the Middle School, Schutz said the Transit Department does have the resources to make the campsite trips.

“We’re prepared to do that … whatever the kids need,” Schutz said.

DeLilli said the school district’s pool operation costs consist of pool chemicals and supervision.

Hughes said city and school officials are waiting for the answers that will determine what options are possible.

“It’s a waiting game,” said Hughes, adding that with classes ending this month, “I hope we don’t wait too long.”

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