Renovation of the Cyprus High School swimming pool will cost almost half again as much as preliminary estimates indicated, Granite District's board of education was told Tuesday night.

"We obviously missed the early estimate," said Ross Wentworth, Granite facilities director.He said he and other staff have reviewed the project and believe the scope of the projected work is accurate.

The board, somewhat reluctantly, approved a bid for $292,747 to upgrade the pool, which was the center of considerable community concern through the fall and winter. R.H. Van Komen and Associates was the low bidder among eight. The high bid was at $361,165.

Originally, Ross Wentworth, district facilities director, estimated the job could be done for $200,000. The pool was closed this school year because of deterioration. Extensive repairs will include retiling the pool and deck areas, installing mechanical equipment, repairing steel columns and roof trusses, upgrading lighting and acoustical control and repairing shower and locker room areas.

The work should be finished shortly after the beginning of the school year in September, he said.

Wentworth asked the board for permission to remove some components of the bid for further consideration. Only one bid was received for mechanical equipment, and it appeared "We'd be paying a premium price," he said. The primary contractor has agreed to let the district study the subcontracts before making a final award, he added.

Board member Lynn Davidson repeated his opinion that the school district should "get out of the swimming pool business." He suggested a long-term study that would lead to turning the facilities over to their communities or private operators within 10 years. The pools are a nice community service, Davidson said, but are expensive to operate and not critical to the district's educational mission.