The Central York school board will vote next week on whether to approve two fact-finding studies related to the district's swimming pool operations.

School officials first noticed excess moisture and condensation on the outside of the pool building's walls in the winter of the 2012-13 school year, Brent Kessler, district business manager, said at the board meeting Monday.

The natatorium opened for public use in 2009 and was part of an $18 million expansion at the high school.

The lead contractor for the natatorium, Reynolds Construction, investigated the source of the excess moisture during that winter, Kessler said. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system was also inspected during that time and showed the system wasn't working as it should, Kessler said.

After a few tweaks the building seemed to operate properly in the fall of 2013, Kessler said.

But during the past winter, the condensation appeared again on the outside of the building, with moisture present on the natatorium roof, which board member Timothy Bieber said looked like a "white stain" on the outer bricks at some points throughout the winter months.

Kessler presented two studies for the board to vote on next week, one to examine the condition of the pool roof and one to review the HVAC system.

Bid process: For now, the goal is to gather information about the pool condition and whether the excess moisture has caused any structural damage to the roof, especially where metal pieces are used, Superintendent Michael Snell said.


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"We want to get an in-depth review of the roof integrity," he said.

The district put out a request for bids on the studies. JDB Engineering has the lowest bid for investigating the HVAC system for $12,000, and REI Engineers has the lowest bid for investigating the roof condition for $6,980. Neither company was involved in the original design or construction of the natatorium, Kessler said.

Five groups originally involved in the natatorium construction and HVAC installation will divide the cost of the studies, including Reynolds Construction, Kessler said. The cost to the district for the studies will be about $3,800, Kessler said.

Kessler said he expects the studies to take between four and six weeks.

— Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.