About $200,000 worth of improvements to the Oak Creek High School pool have been approved and will be made in time for the fall swim season.
The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board earlier this week approved using money from a fund set up for community-based projects on long-needed upgrades to the pool. The project will move drainage filters so the water level can be raised, which will allow OCHS swim teams to finally use starting blocks.
The improvements will be made, in part, thanks to Wispark, which agreed to pay $100,000 into the community service fund as part of a land exchange agreement last year. Wispark is the development arm of We Energies and the lead developer of the Drexel Town Square project.
By law, money in the community service fund can only be used for projects benefiting the entire community, not for things like classroom instruction or teachers.
The community service fund does not include property tax dollars. Most of the money comes from fees, such as from before and after school programs or driver's education.
School board members previously noted that upgrades have been made or are being made at several district facilities, including the football, soccer and baseball fields. The pool was seen as the next logical place for improvements to be made.