In advance of its grand opening, San Benito High School Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum and construction manager Rob Zimmerman gave BenitoLink a tour of the aquatic center. SBHS will celebrate its new athletic facilities, which include the Andy Hardin Stadium and the softball field, on Aug. 24.
The aquatic center features a 50-meter olympic-size competition pool and a 25-yard pool. The project’s original budget for the three main facilities was $38 million, Tennenbaum said. The budget was met and funded by Measure U.
The measure also covers the conversion of an existing building for student use; the addition of a student union/kitchen/servery building; a campus quad; bus drop-off zone; extended parking lot; staff parking; replacement of the softball field; track and field facilities with lighting; track and field locker rooms; and the aquatic center with its own locker room.
The main focus of the Measure U project is the aquatic center. The locker room will include showers and electricity powered by solar tubes. All buildings covered by Measure U will be solar tube-powered.
Synthetic turf will be installed on both sides of the pools to provide a place to rest. All other fields in the Measure U project will also be made of synthetic turf.
Both pools have unique features. The 50-meter pool has an underwater timing system for competitions. The 25-yard pool has a chair lift and ramp, making it wheelchair accessible.
With construction almost completed, Tennenbaum said, “It’s been a wonderful experience working with everybody to build this.”
Zimmerman added, “We really appreciate the voters supporting the high school,” referencing the residents who voted to pass Measure U.
At a San Benito High School Board of Trustees meeting on July 8, the board approved an operations contract with San Benito Aquatics.
The quarterly use period and license fee is as follows:
- First Quarter (August – October) $15,000
- Second Quarter (November – January) $17,500
- Third Quarter (February – April) $25,000
- Fourth Quarter (May – July) $30,000
Note that the district has first priority when it comes to using the facility.
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