When Principal Angelo Ledda arrived at MS 399 two years ago, the school’s 25-meter indoor swimming pool was filled with black, viscous water. “Like a scene out of a horror movie,” he said.
Today, the water is gone, and construction is under way to return the pool to its former glory. Ledda anticipates it will open next summer.
Swimming pools at city public schools are a rarity because of the high construction and maintenance costs, said Margie Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Education. There are only 40 in operation in the 1,200 schools across the city, and no new ones have been built recently because of rising construction costs.
The pool at MS 399 (on East 184th Street) has been out of action for 15 years. More here.
(Reporting and photo by Rebecca Chao)