Faced with $2.3 million in swimming pool repairs, Blue Mountain Community College is getting the word out that it is in hot water.

Tammie Parker, BMCC vice president of administrative services, discussed the pool at a Pendleton School Board meeting Tuesday.

Parker said BMCC has had to defer pool maintenance while directing budget money toward academic programs. While pool repair was a part of the unsuccessful bond campaign in 2013, it was not a part of the bond passed in 2015.

Additionally, Parker said the pool has seen declining use from BMCC students.

Tony Nelson, a coach with the Pendleton Swimming Association and the Pendleton High School swim team, said the pool was important to youth swimming and the Pendleton and Hermiston high school programs.

“Without a pool, we will not have a program,” he said.

Nelson said alternatives like the Roundup Athletic Club and Pendleton Aquatic Center pools can’t meet the needs and requirements of the high school team.

Although in serious need of repair, Parker said in an interview after the meeting that BMCC does not have definitive plans to close the pool.

The Pendleton School Board did not have a quorum and took no action at the meeting.

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