Kennedy High to Get Pool From Settlement

Kennedy High School will get a new pool thanks to settlement funds from the Orange County bankruptcy, which delayed the project four years ago.

"It's only right that bankruptcy funds will be used to build the pool," said Harald G. Martin, president of the Anaheim Union High School District board.

District officials expect to receive about $900,000 from the bankruptcy settlement.

Martin and other board members said they are eager to get the project on the fast track, and agreed last week to seek construction proposals for the project.

"We're going start the ball rolling now that we have the funds available. There's no reason not to," Martin said.

Kennedy, located in La Palma, is the only district high school that lacks a swimming pool. Students involved in swimming activities must use the pool at Cypress High School.

Principal Norie Atherton said students are excited about getting a pool.

"I think it will really be a boon to this campus to have a pool," Atherton said.

Officials closed the school's old pool for safety reasons in June 1994.

It had been built in 1964 above ground because of the city's high water table.

With new technology, the district plans to build a pool that is in the ground.

Martin said he is optimistic the pool will be built as early as next summer.

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