An update on community access to the pool from Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.

Dear Community Members:

I want to provide an update on the process of examining how to reinstate community access to the pool at Niskayuna High School. I would like to thank those who attended the pool meeting on March 19 and recognize that there is a degree of frustration about this issue. Please know that our efforts are focused on having an appropriate and sustainable plan for community access, and this is taking some time.

The issue of pool access emerged from a broader conversation about school safety and security. Yet, the conversations that followed have brought to light the complexity of operating a pool – especially one in a public high school. Based on our conversations, the following must be considered: the need for adequate supervision; consistency in lifeguard staffing and pool availability; the appropriate schedule for a pool within a school; and communication with swimmers about pool issues and availability.

As a result, it is necessary to undertake a broader review of the various aspects of pool operations, including the schedule, fees and staffing. In the context of the school budget and staffing in particular, we are not in a position to make immediate changes. We continue to discuss and review options.

In terms of the pool schedule, a key aspect of recent safety changes in the district was a consistent approach limiting access to all facilities prior to and during the school day. As it relates to the pool, this may result in a focus on weekend and evening hours for community access.

In closing, I understand that there is continuing frustration about this issue, however, it is also important that we devise a plan for community access that is appropriate, sustainable and consistent with other public access to school facilities. As we continue to work our way through these issues, we understand that some pool pass holders might prefer a prorated refund of this year’s fees, and we will accommodate this. To arrange a refund, please contact the district Business Office at (518) 377-4666, ext. 50712.

Thank you for your patience and your input as we work on a plan to reinstate access. We will continue to keep you informed about this issue.

Sincerely,

Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools