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Board Trustees Review OHS Pool Costs, Income
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A financial overview and first year analysis of the Oakdale High School pool was on the agenda at the Sept. 12 regular meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees.
OHS Athletic Director Dave Bacigalupi provided the report on the OHS pool to the trustees. The pool has been open since October 2010 and Bacigalupi’s analysis was for a nine-month period from October 2010 through June 2011, in which he reported actual numbers and estimated the numbers for a full-year analysis.
Bacigalupi reported that actual payroll/maintenance salary cost was $17,810 and estimated the annual cost at $23,000. Actual cost for supplies and chemicals was over $36,000, with estimated annual cost at $44,400. The estimated annual operating costs were $63,000. The actual nine-month total cost was nearly $102,000 with estimated total annual cost at $130,500. Actual nine-month revenues were $7,857 with estimated annual revenues being $10,500.
As reference points, Bacigalupi told the board that the cost to rent the Oakdale city pool in the 2009-2010 water polo season only was $13,066, and for the month of August 2010 the cost was approximately $3,000.
He reviewed the school’s pool rental policy with the trustees and offered his suggestions for changes to the rental policy to help increase revenues. He said he came up with the revenue increases based on comparisons to other pools in the area. He also stated that Russ Van Cleave, who has experience and knowledge with pool schedules, deals with the scheduling of the pool times to various groups. Everyone who uses the pool must be scheduled to be there.
Bacigalupi also suggested ways to save on maintenance and electricity costs. He said that the costs to rent the pool will increase incrementally to certain points in order to allow the outside clubs that use the pool to adequately prepare.
OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone commented that there is a balance that has to be achieved in order to increase revenues for the pool and still have clubs want to continue to rent the pool at certain rates.
Members of the board each had numerous questions and comments about the costs, usage, and rental of the pool. They requested a second-year analysis as well.
Bacigalupi also noted that projects that are in the works are to post the facilities use schedule on the OHS website, as well as a Sports Boosters contact list, and frequently asked sports questions.
The board also unanimously approved the prior year financial report delivered by Interim Chief Business Officer Susan Dyke. In summary, for the 2010-2011 year unaudited actuals, the district has a fund balance of $11.9 million with $6.96 million of that in cash. OJUSD has a five percent reserve of nearly $1.98 million, legally restricted funds of $1.26 million, designated funds of $2.89 million, and undesignated funds of $5.78 million.
In other business, the board heard a first reading of a policy revision regarding gifts, grants, and bequests. Malone stated that the main difference in it from the former policy is that this will allow for the potential of corporate sponsorship. This may include outside sponsorship of educational, athletic, or other programs or activities. There was no board action as it was a first reading.
Also in other business, the board accepted a donation of $10,000 from the Oakdale Sunrise Rotary to support the “Drive to Survive” program for new drivers at the high school.
The next regular meeting of the OJUSD Board of Trustees will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10 at the Oakdale City Council Chambers, 277 N. Second.