South Kitsap community pool reopens after immediate safety issues addressed

Kitsap Public Health District gives the go-ahead to reopen; SKHS creating plan to fix lighting

PORT ORCHARD — The South Kitsap School District’s community pool has reopened after district staff and contractors completed work to thoroughly clean and flush the pool.

Permanent supports to fix the adjustable wall in place also were installed over the past several weeks, according to a news release issued by the school district.

Amy Miller, the district spokeswoman, said the pool’s adjustable floor is operational and is part of a plan by the district to address lighting issues.

On Jan. 12, Kitsap Public Health District performed follow-up testing and authorized reopening the pool for student and community use, Miller said. Students at South Kitsap High School were then able to re-enter the pool for PE classes.

In the letter of notification sent by the public health district to the school district on Dec. 9, the agency ordered the pool to be closed and stipulated that numerous safety issues needed to be addressed before it could reopen.

“District staff will continue to work with Water Technology, Inc. to assess operational systems,” Miller said in the release. “Once the extent of repair and renovation costs are known, district administrators can establish a funding plan for long-range improvement.”

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