Possible teacher work stoppage could affect pool opening in Waynesboro

May 17, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Ready to jump in? Waynesboro's Northside Pool will open Memorial Day weekend, but its schedule after that could be affected by a possible teacher strike in local schools.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A teachers strike in the Waynesboro Area School District could affect the opening days of the community’s public Northside Pool, borough officials said this week.

Waynesboro Area Education Association members voted last week to authorize a strike. However, union leaders have not announced any dates for a possible work stoppage.

“The community would know 48 hours before a strike would occur. ... The law requires 48-hour notice,” said Mike Engle, president of the teachers union.

Teachers are working under terms of a contract that expired in June 2010. The Waynesboro Area School Board voted down a fact-finder’s report May 8 and reaffirmed its opposition to the report a week later. The teachers association twice voted to accept the findings in the report, union officials have said.

Northside Pool, which is off North Grant Street, will open as usual on Memorial Day weekend. Its first weekdays open to the public will depend on the school year’s conclusion date.

The last day of public school is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 5. The pool is scheduled to open Wednesday, June 6, for normal weekday hours.

Weekday operations could be delayed if a teachers strike prolongs the end of the school year, Assistant Borough Manager Jason Cohen said. The pool will open on the first day after school ends, he said.

“We’ll be open every weekend between (Memorial Day weekend) and when school concludes,” Cohen said.

The pool’s normal hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. all days but Sundays, when hours are noon to 7 p.m. Its first day open will be Saturday, May 26.

Discounted pool memberships are available before the facility’s opening day. Borough officials say membership sales are down dramatically from past years.

“They are on sale here at borough hall,” Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Memberships come in a variety of packages and price levels. A family membership is $127 for school district residents prior to opening day. A book of 20 coupons that can be used for entrance is $72 and only valid for the current season.

Members can have their pictures taken for identification cards between noon and 5 p.m. next week at Waynesboro Borough Hall, 55 E. Main St.

The pool remained in good repair after the winter because of limited freezing and thawing, Cohen said.

Crews recently painted the table umbrellas and poured some concrete decking, and they will fill the baby pool Sunday. Pool jobs are fully staffed.

“We had a tremendous amount of interest in the cashier position and better-than-average interest in lifeguard positions,” Cohen said.

Jared Mummert returns for his third year as pool manager. Della Koons will be operating the concession stand.

The pool is available for exclusive rentals from 7 to 10 p.m. Birthday parties can be scheduled during the day.

For more information about the pool or memberships, call 717-762-7928 or 717-762-2101.

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