CCSD board OKs upgrades for Shiprock facility

Noel Lyn Smith
The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education on Tuesday approved renovations to the building that houses the swimming pool at Shiprock High School. The pool is pictured on Wednesday.

FARMINGTON – The building that houses the swimming pool at Shiprock High School will undergo renovations next year.

The Central Consolidated School District board voted Tuesday to approve an estimated $1.2 million bid from B&M Cillessen Construction to upgrade the facility.

CCSD spokesman James Preminger said the building was constructed in 1991 and houses a six-lane swimming pool.

Dennis Fieldsted, the district’s building and construction coordinator, said on Wednesday part of the project consists of renovating the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Other aspects include installing a new roof and enhanced roof insulation, upgrading the swimming pool's boiler system, adding LED lighting to the pool and building, upgrading the pool deck to a nonslip surface, and painting the interior walls and ceiling.

The dressing areas and restrooms will have insulated translucent panels installed to provide natural light, and will receive wall and floor treatments.

The existing observation room and two restrooms will be remodeled to provide an area for exercising and a hot tub.

"I think they'll really like it," Fieldsted said about the renovation.

He added that the district will receive alternate bids to add an observation room and eating area, install landscaping and shading, and enhance the parking area.

The building is located east of the high school along the road that leads to Chieftain Stadium.

The swimming pool is used by the high school for physical education classes, as well as by the public and by the U.S. Public Health Service, which has a contract to use the pool for physical therapy, Fieldsted said.

"It's used a lot," he said.

The building that houses the swimming pool at Shiprock High School will be renovated under a plan approved Tuesday by the Central Consolidated School District Board of Education.

Renovation work is tentatively scheduled to start in February 2016, and the district would like to keep access to the pool open as long as possible, Fieldsted added.

"We'll do what we can," he said about the pending closure, which could be up to 90 days.

Another item the board approved Tuesday was a five-year facilities master plan for the district, which will start in 2016.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.