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Fox Chapel Area High School improvements start with work on pool

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Trailors are being set up for workers to start construction soon on the pool at the Fox Chapel High School.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Next year at this time, Fox Chapel Area students could be swimming in a new $6.5 million pool.

Portions of the $30 million high school renovations kicked off this month, specifically work to replace the six-lane pool.

Dating to 1961, the existing area is original to the school and will be replaced with an eight-lane facility, said Bonnie Berzonski, district coordinator of communications.

“Construction has started but it is a destruction of sorts,” Berzonski said. “Contractors are working on pipes and plumbing underneath the pool area.”

Demolition work that will be visible to passersby will start in two to three weeks, she said.

Work is not expected to impact classrooms, Berzonski said. Construction personnel will have district-issued ID badges and will use separate school entrances and off-campus parking. Construction areas will be barricaded from school operations.

Plans call for pool construction to last through April 2015.

During that time, the high school's physical education aquatic curriculum will be on hold.

“Every physical education class has at least a three-week aquatic unit,” Berzonski said. “It isn't limited to swimming.

“It could be a unit on kayaking or something similar.”

However, lifeguarding class will go on. Berzonski said the administration is working on plans for that course.

“We will make certain that there is a place for the students to go or make modifications as necessary, to make sure students are receiving the best opportunity to learn,” she said.

High school renovations are part of a district-wide project expected to cost $46 million, in which all six buildings will see improvements.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or

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