Friday, October 8, 1999
Fundraisers ask RSC for studies to determine pool site
The regional school committee was given an update on the status of a proposed community swimming pool at Concord-Carlisle High School. The discussion was led by Peter Funkhauser of Concord, who together with Tim Atkins, heads a non-profit organization which intends to raise the money for a community poola sum of $2-3 million dollars. The balance of the funding will come from the trust of Alfred Sawyer, a resident of Concord who died 30 years ago and left the funds for the betterment of Concord children.
The location for the pool which has looked most promising is next to the gym at the high school, which would allow students immediate access as well as encourage community involvement in school activities and facilities. Concerns about the site include objections from abutters and Principal Elaine DiCicco's strong concern about parking, if the high school site is chosen. There is already a shortage of parking for students.
Funkhauser explained that he can't go forward with any plan until the school committee develops formal site recommendations and a feasibility study is done for traffic and parking issues. The results of this study would be tied into the overall feasibility study that will be done at the high school to determine the school's needs and options in the face of enrollment increases. Answering a question about whether a non-profit could give a gift of such magnitude to a town, Funkhauser said he is waiting for written approval to formalize the verbal approval received from town counsel.
Funkhauser estimated that it will take 12-24 months to pull the money together for the pool, and emphasized that he hopes all town groups will work together. "We just want to do what you people want," he explained. "We don't want to fight with anyone. How in the world can we raise the money if we fight with anyone?" Because of the plan to situate the pool at the high school, the pool is wholeheartedly considered a regional project, and Funkhauser assured Carlisle residents that he "plans to go after them for money, too."
An architectural firm was formally appointed for the high school feasibility study to determine space needs for growing student enrollment. HMFH Architects Inc., of Cambridge, who have received awards for their work, were hired, based on their extensive experience and glowing recommendations. The study is expected to take most of the year.
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