Baldwin-Woodville ASD Pool and Turf Referendum
Pool and Stadium Improvements
With the pool no longer available, people have been asking if the school is going to build a new pool. You might know already, but the original pool was built in 1953 by the Village of Baldwin. Somewhere in the 1970’s the school took over the pool for $1. After 60 some years of use, the pool had to be shut down in 2017 due to numerous maintenance and safety concerns. Since then, there have been many conversations about a new pool with the Village of Baldwin, the Village of Woodville, Western Wisconsin Health, and many community members. So what happens next? The short answer is that almost everyone believes a pool would be a good thing for the community, but not everyone is sure it is worth the money.
Therefore, the Baldwin-Woodville Area School District explored a plan to look at a pool project along with other improvements. After a community survey, three informational meetings with the community and many other discussions, here is what was decided. We are currently planning an outdoor pool with a dome. The dome would allow us to use the pool year-round and provide that outdoor experience in the summer that people miss. The pool would be about the same size as the old pool with a zero entrance. We are looking at building the pool by the stadium between the field and the tennis courts. This would allow easy access to a majority of our students. We would also be able to use the pool house for multiple purposes. The pool house would not only serve as locker rooms for the pool but it would also be bathrooms for the stadium, a concession stand, and a ticket booth. We would also make a prominent gate entrance for the stadium.
We are also planning improvements to the stadium. The main improvement would be field turf on the stadium field and the baseball field. The main reason for this would be the amount of use that field turf can support. Right now, the stadium sits empty but with field turf, the field could be used all the time. All of the following groups would use the field; physical education classes, football, band, soccer, track, spring sports, and youth sports. Currently, soccer plays at Mill Pond and if they try to run a junior varsity match after the varsity match, they run out of daylight. We would also redo the track to make it an 8 lane track in order to host bigger events. Both the field and the track are due for maintenance. The baseball field would be turned for better access and it would be built to hold softball games also. These field improvements would help tremendously in the spring to get our students outside sooner.
You may be wondering what this is going to cost? The most exciting part about all of this is that we can do all of these projects with little or no tax impact! The projects would cost around $12,500,000; $7,500,000 for the pool and $5,000,000 for the stadiums. However, because the school district has debt coming off of our books, you would not see much of a difference in your taxes.