Texas Border Business
SAN JUAN/ALAMO – The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District hosted two ribbon cutting ceremonies for new swimming facilities at PSJA Early College High School in San Juan and PSJA Memorial Early College High School in Alamo on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
“It is an honor and privilege to provide these outstanding facilities for our students and community,” said PSJA ISD Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “This is part of our mission to provide the resources necessary to ensure our students achieve the highest levels of success. These beautiful pools will serve for competitions and be able to be used by our community through partnerships with our cities.”
The project, which totaled $11.8 million combined, equipped each of the two campuses mentioned with its own swimming facility that includes an instructional pool and a competition pool. The competition pool—also known as the practice pool— includes 10 lanes and is 25-yards by 25-meters in size. The instructional pool features three lanes 3 ft. in depth which are ADA accessible with a sloped entryway. The 6,989 sq.ft. facility also includes a spectator seating area for 175 people, a large multi-purpose classroom, dressing room, showers with lockers, restroom facilities and an office area. The outdoor pools have a canopy to provide shade for swimmers.
In addition to the two new aquatic centers, during the last decade, PSJA ISD has done over half a billion dollars of construction with the support of its tri-city community.
“We continue to take PSJA to the next level by providing the best quality of education and programs to ALL of our students. The board started this initiative back in 2019 with the leadership of President Jesse Zambrano, and now we can see the dream become a reality. I would like to congratulate all of our swimming teams for putting PSJA in the aquatics competition map,” said PSJA School Board President Jorge Zambrano. “Additionally, with these two swimming facilities, we will enhance the partnerships with our tri-city communities and provide summer programs starting summer 2021.”