The high cost of running the Tamahere School Vela Pool for community use may see it closed for public use over summer unless locals pay up ahead of swim time.
“Unfortunately, the costs of staff, access, wear and tear and keeping it and you safe while in use, is materially higher than the amount raised, via concession sales, from the community,” the school Board of Trustees says in an explanatory letter to the community.
The board laments that the community resource is not used more to help balance running costs and that the Waikato District Council does not support school pools for community use.
The board says it’s role is not to subsidise community use “no matter the intentions of the good folk involved in the construction and planning of the pool.
“The Board of Trustees cannot allow the school to lose money via such an activity,” it says.
But it leaves the door open for community use … as long as enough locals pre-purchase concession cards for the summer.
It seeks feedback for this on the online form here.
The deadline for feedback is 5pm, Sunday, October 10.
If sufficient people are willing to pay for concession cards to allow the school to break even they will be asked to make payment in advance for the cards by 4pm, Friday, October 29.