As has been pointed out in previous articles about the need for a new large swimming pool, students could proficiency out of swimming instruction classes at the several other Oak Park swimming facilities, assuming the swimming requirement is not dropped. This would leave the swimming team as the biggest user of the proposed large pool.

One of the objectives of D200 board spending is to address the achievement gap between white and Black students. Certainly a new large pool would not lessen the achievement gap which is more a function of family support or lack of support. It should be noted that the OPRF swim team is mostly made up of white students.

Several letters to the editor in Wednesday Journal have noted that the existing swimming facilities are nearly 100 years old. Many Oak Park residents live in homes that are over 100 years old but they have maintained their properties, which doesn’t appear to be the case with the D200 board.

Jon Paulsen
Oak Park

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