$11 million NCHS pool project to resemble KW’s in size and design

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CASPER, Wyo. — Designs for a pool at Natrona County High School resemble both the size and design of the Kelly Walsh pool.

Natrona County School District Trustee Dave Applegate said on Monday, Aug. 26 that a packet would be presented to the board in the coming week for their consideration.

The board would need to vote to approve the project before it could move forward.

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One way the pool would differ from KW’s is that it would have less seating. This would be appropriate with the pool meant to serve as more of a practice pool, Trustee Debbie McCullar said.

The total project for the pool would cost about $11 million. That would include about $10 million for the pool and about $770,000 for a bridge structure to connect the facility to the main high school building.

That bridge would be to ensure greater student safety.

Applegate said that the district has been working to identify alternative funding sources for the pool. Having identified such a preliminary plan, the trustees would soon be presented with a proposal packet.

He said that the funding would come from the school district.

“In simply words we can pay for it,” Trustee Kevin Christopherson added. “Without taking from anywhere else in the budget.”

That packet would include further design and cost details as well as a project timeline.