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New Berlin Eisenhower pool still gets plenty of use

Dec. 20, 2013

New Berlin — The Eisenhower pool is used frequently for physical education classes, sports teams and recreation programs, which keep the facility active until 9 p.m. most weeknights.

Because the School Board is deliberating whether to replace the ailing Eisenhower Middle/High School swimming pool, there has not been much analysis yet of how the schools could get along without it.

Currently, all seventh- and eighth-graders must take a 10-session swimming unit. In addition, high school students taking the personal lifetime fitness class swim in the pool.

Neither program is mandated by the state, said Melinda Mueller, so those offerings can be dropped, if need be. But she emphasized, "We do not yet have a plan for an alternative, because no decision has been made to close the pool."

The Eisenhower girls swim team held practices at the pool every night during the season until this year, when practices and meets were switched to the pool at New Berlin West. But the diving team still practiced at Eisenhower after school daily, often until 7:30 p.m., during its season.

The New Berlin Park and Recreation Department uses the Eisenhower pool for all its swimming lessons from preschool on, said Caitlin Vosberg, recreation program supervisor. It holds programs there two evenings a week and Saturdays throughout the fall.

In the past when the Ike pool has been unavailable, swimming programs have been moved to West, she said. But that option may be a squeeze during the girls swim season because both the West and Eisenhower girls teams now use the West pool.

The New Berlin Swim Club, which pours competitive swimmers into school swim teams and synchronized swimming, also use the Eisenhower pool.

The non-school groups reimburse the school $75 per use, Mueller said.

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