Another public official attracting a lot of attention in the north county, Paso Robles school district superintendent Mr. Chris Williams.
Williams conducting fundraisers for the $8.2 million dollar aquatic complex proposed for the high school. The project was approved by the school board at their last meeting.
Williams refuses to talk with KPRL, but through email we’ve learned that he elected not to solicit bids for the project. Instead, he used a little known state law to buy two stainless steel pools from Italy. The process allows him to piggy back the contract on another school districts purchase. In this case, it’s a small charter school high school in Hawthorne. Williams estimates the operation of the two pools will cost the district $300 thousand dollars. San Luis Obispo parks and recreation says operating Sinsheimer pool, which is only one 50 meter pool and a Jacuzzi, is costing the city $950 thousand dollars per year.
After an auditing firm from Fresno told the school board that the reserve fund has dropped from $10% of its annual budget to 4% of the budget. Williams has committed the school district to a huge expense with the pool. The superintendent is trying to raise $750 thousand dollars by April 9th, which is when ground breaking is scheduled to be conducted at the high school.