DD2 board to discuss reimbursing YMCA for help with new aquatic center

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DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester District Two school board will meet Monday to talk about the possibility of reimbursing the Summerville  Family YMCA.

Officials with the YMCA say DD2 owes $21,000 in expenses of a partnership formed to help land a new aquatic center.

But back in March, the school board opted to work with the city of North Charleston to build the new swimming pool rather than with the YMCA after both responded to a request for proposals.

Some DD2 school board members say they were unaware of a partnership between the district and the Summerville Family YMCA. They also claim there was no written agreement or contract.

The board's aquatic center committee held workshops and meetings about plans for the center to gather input from the community.

At the end of July, board members voted to investigate the issue, but there is no word on where they are at this point.

The new center will be used by school swim teams for practice and meets and swimming instruction for students, and will also be available for use by the community.

Committee Chair Brian Mitchum said in March the City of North Charleston offered a tax base and other ways to generate funds that make a partnership a "safer financial decision in the long term." The collaboration would also allow the district to build a better, larger facility, giving taxpayers "more bang for the buck."

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