Located along North County Road near Staley Middle School and Memorial Stadium, the facility will supplement the district’s Bruce Eubanks Natatorium on First Street.
The facility could also house new offices for the district’s athletic directors, said Todd Fouche, deputy superintendent of business and operations, at the meeting. This would be a shift from the 2018 bond program, which planned to renovate the athletic director’s current offices, which are located on Stadium Lane.
The cost to new build offices in the new swimming facility is about the same as the cost renovating the current area, Fouche said at the meeting.
“We think this is a really good move,” Fouche said.
Fouche also proposed transferring the 200-person training facility planned for the new transportation facility on the east side of the district to the new swimming facility instead. This would be another shift from the 2018 bond program.
“There’s often times where Coach [Kuykendall] has to have many coaches over at once, and they couldn’t physically fit in his space,” Fouche said at the meeting. David Kuykendall is FISD’s athletic director.
Fouche proposed placing the training center and athletic offices in a similar area and branding the space as the “Hall of Fame” for athletics.
“The scope of this is a little bit different than anything we talked about, but I think we can pull it all from projects we talked about,” he said.
The facility’s pool will be identical to the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium, according to the presentation. The facility is also slated to include classroom spaces, a weight room and spectator seating.