The Peters Township School Board is expected to make a decision
within weeks on whether to include a swimming pool in the new
Peters Township High School. We urgently seek
Swimming has become one of the most popular activities in the
United States. We are seeing that within our community.
Notwithstanding its poor condition, the existing Peters Township
High School pool is constantly being used. Both the middle
school and high school swim teams use the pool for countless hours
throughout the school year. The high school team alone had 45
members this year. In addition, Peters has a swim club that
is flourishing with an all-time high membership of nearly 160
members. Many of these members go on to compete on the middle
school and high school teams. The club includes township residents
who are youth members all the way through masters
swimmers—adults who continue to swim competitively. The
club uses the current pool an average of 38 hours a week, 10 months
out of the year.
The pool in the existing high school was built at the same time as
the high school itself, in 1968. The pool is now 50 years old
and well beyond its useful life. The ventilation and air
quality are poor, the viewing area is too small for the number of
spectators, the heater is unreliable, and the filtration system is
dated. It requires numerous repairs annually to
operate. As should be expected from a 50 year old pool, there
have been several instances where the pool has malfunctioned and
become unusable for periods of time, including for a period this
year during the school swim season. Extended shutdowns and
costly repairs are a constant risk. Without a pool to use,
there are no other alternatives for the school swim teams or the
swim club—neighboring communities do not have enough pool
time available for other communities to use. Whether or not
Peters has a pool to use is not a question of finding an
alternative, it is a question of whether these swim programs can
exist at all in in our community.
We support the construction of a new high school pool in Peters
Township that will benefit the community. In addition to signing
the petition, we also ask that you please try to
attend the Peters Township School Board
meeting on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:30 at the
Peters Township School District building at 631 McMurray Rd.
to show your support!
All of our neighboring schools either have new pools or are
building them. These include the following:
St. Clair – Currently constructing two pools,
including a 25 yard 8-lane pool and a special use pool.
Park – Opened in 2012, Bethel Park’s new
high school includes a 25 yard 8-lane pool.
Lebanon – Opened in 2013, Mt. Lebanon’s
renovated high school includes a 25 yard 8-lane pool. The Mt.
Lebanon community also supports a 50 meter 8-lane outdoor pool.
Area – Opened in 2011, Moon’s new high
school includes a 25 yard 8-lane pool.
Valley – Chartiers Valley’s high school is
currently undergoing significant renovations, including updating
their existing 50 meter 6-lane pool. Scott Township also
supports a 50 meter outdoor pool.
Jefferson – Scheduled to open a new high
school this year with a 25 yard 8-lane pool.
Park – Opened in 2005, the new high school in
South Park, which is a much smaller community than Peters, includes
a 25 yard 6-lane pool.
Opened in 2009, the new high school high school includes a 25 yard
Communities such as Peters Township revolve around the schools and
the schools are large factors in determining the desirability of
living in communities. The number of benefits of having a
state of the art pool available to our community are endless and
Impact. A new pool provides the opportunity to offer a
wide range of programs our community deserves, such as programs for
individuals with special needs, master’s swimming, adult swim
lessons, family swim sessions, diving instruction and water
polo. If the “water” is built, it could be used
to the benefit of the entire community.
& Wellness. Swimming is a lifelong
sport. Exercise in the water promotes better health and
reduces obesity with reduced risk of injury. Swimming is
considered an ideal physical activity because it (1) is a low
impact activity and reduces stress on the joints – it is the
most injury-free sport for children, (2) develops coordination by
requiring complex muscle movement involving all parts of the body,
(3) builds cardiac and respiratory fitness and develops aerobic
endurance, (4) promotes muscle development and burns calories, a
particular concern with increasing rates of childhood obesity, and
(5) is a sport that children with disabilities can participate in.
Swim. The Peters Township Swim Club provides learn to
swim lessons for children ages four and up with the goal of
teaching swimming skills from beginner through pre-competitive
level swimming. Instruction is provided by many Peters
Township High School students who are paid for their
services. Drowning is the second major cause of adolescent
deaths in most states. As perhaps best stated by the
well-known swimmer Sabir Muhammad, "[n]o one dies from not being
able to play basketball." Swimming is more than just exercise; it
is a life-saving skill. To many parents, learning to swim is as
much of a priority for their kids as learning the 3 R’s!