District wants shorter joint use for pool

The Laguna Beach Unified School District board of education unanimously agreed Tuesday to change the length of a proposed joint-use agreement with the city for use of the high school community pool to five years.

As written, the proposal — approved by City Council in October — called for a 10-year agreement.

Board member Theresa O'Hare said that a 10-year joint use agreement was acceptable for the tennis courts — because of recent renovations meant to last a lifetime — but should be reduced for the pool, which will likely need repairs at some point.

The proposed agreement outlines renovations for the pool to be started in May. Under the agreement, the city will pay $200,000 for the renovations and the district will pay $85,000.

The board voted to approve the agreement on the condition it is reduced to five years. The revised agreement will go back to the council and, if approved, does not have to come back to the school board.

Also at the meeting, it was agreed that board members Betsy Jenkins and Theresa O'Hare will continue to represent the district on the South Coast Regional Occupational Program board. Board member Ketta Brown will replace board president, William Landsiedel, as the alternate.

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