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Swim Paso commits to raising funds for aquatic complex 

Submitted by the Swim Paso Committee

–The Swim Paso Committee intends to provide clear communication regarding our role and commitment to the completion of the Measure M bond pool project. The Swim Paso Committee formed after the passage of Measure M to aid in strategic planning for sustainability and fundraising for the Paso Robles Aquatic Complex. The Swim Paso Committee continues to work diligently toward the goal of the Paso Robles Aquatic Complex for our community and our schools. While the project has been met with a temporary financial setback, the Measure M bond funding for an aquatic complex at Paso Robles High School still exists.

The Swim Paso Committee is focused on finding workable solutions while ensuring clarity and access to the process for all parties, with the goal of providing the community of Paso Robles a sustainable aquatic complex.

Recent steps the committee has taken are as follows:
● Met with Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (PRJUSD) Chief Business Officer to discuss bids, considerations and ideas for the committee’s role moving forward.
● Attended January 22nd board meeting to speak to the importance of the Paso Robles Aquatic Complex for our youth and community as a whole.
● Attended the recent 4 A foundation meeting and requested an advisory seat for aquatics.
● Reviewed and verified with 4A Foundation the Paso Robles Aquatics Complex specific donations.
● Met with professional fundraiser to consider strategies and formal development of the Paso
Robles Aquatic Complex fundraising plan.
● Continuous updating of the swimpaso.com webpage to reflect current information.

The Swim Paso Committee is dedicated to forward progression of the Paso Robles Aquatic Complex while PRJUSD and San Luis Obispo County Office of Education work to hire a new superintendent for Paso Robles Schools.

Steps the committee is taking include:
● Determine if the Swim Paso Committee should formally become a 501c3 public benefit corporation to focus on raising funds for the Paso Robles Aquatic Complex.
● Attend the annual meeting of the 4A Foundation February 6, 2019.
● Schedule public information workshops, beginning in February 2019.
● Request the PRJUSD Board of Trustees affirm their commitment to the Paso Robles Aquatic
Complex.
● Develop a strategic plan for marketing, fundraising, and outreach to begin immediately.

The Swim Paso Committee understands and appreciates the taxpayers that have contributed their part by voting for the Measure M bond. Swim Paso recognizes it is up to us, as stakeholders, to support the school district in seeking a solution. The objective of the Swim Paso Committee is to support aquatic programs offered through PRJUSD and developed in the community, by raising funds to ensure the completion of the Paso Robles Aquatic Complex and supporting the annual operation costs. The Swim Paso Committee will continue working diligently towards this end.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.