Borough pool reserved for sixth graders next month
The 165 sixth-grade students graduating from Colonel John Siegfried Elementary School, Northampton, will have the borough's swimming pool to themselves next month for a Fun Day event.
Representatives of the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) appeared before Northampton Borough Council Thursday asking permission to use the swimming pool for an event to recognize the children leaving Siegfried to attend classes at the middle school in the fall.
"We're looking for a celebration for the children," said one woman helping to arrange the pool party.
There was some hesitancy by council before Councilman Robert McHale made the motion granting approval for the pool party. McHale noted the temperature of the water may still be cold next month.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko asked if the PTO considered taking the children on a field trip rather than holding a pool party.
The borough pool officially opens for the season Saturday, June 1.
Zarayko said the pool is open to the public on Wednesday, June 5, the date requested for the Siegfried students. Granting the PTO's request will mean closing the pool to the public that day and notifying people in advance as they purchase individual or family pool passes.
The children will use the pool from noon to 5 p.m. Zarayko said the pool normally closes at 7 p.m. so it will not open to the public because of the sixth-grade party.
The PTO agreed to have chaperones present during the event. Snacks and refreshments can be brought to the pool.
Zarayko said the pool will also have its compliment of life guards. The borough and the PTO will work on an agreement covering who will pay for the lifeguards.
The final day of classes for students is June 10.