The water polo team at Monterey High School has been playing their home games away from home for a long time.
“We play our games at Santa Catalina, and when Santa Catalina's games are going on when our home games are supposed to be playing, we just go to our opponent's pool," said team captain Rachel Sammet.
One of the oldest schools in the district, Sammet says the Monterey High pool has seen quite a few generations.
"Actually, my 70-year-old neighbor learned how to swim in that pool when he was three," Sammet said.
It might be a big pool for little kids, but when dozens of water polo players practice, it's always chaotic.
“Balls fly literally into each other. We have to swim over each other sometimes, which is character building, but it's not ideal,' Sammet said.
So the team came out to Thursday night's meeting with the school district to ask for a new pool.
But just 10 minutes up the road, Seaside High School has more problems than a pool.
"This walkway we are looking at here is one of the primary walkways that is now deemed unusable and unsafe. We probably have another four areas that are very similar to this," said Brett McFadden with the school district.
The district is now looking to refinance its existing Measure P bonds and increase a tax slightly to repair aging facilities.
In 2010, voters overwhelmingly supported the measure, allowing the district to issue a$110 million general obligation bond. The district has invested nearly $55 million so far.
Currently, homeowners pay a property tax rate of $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. With the proposed refinancing plan, they will have to pay a little more.
"This would be an increase of roughly, to the average homeowner in this district, somewhere between $5 and $7 a month," McFadden said.
McFadden said there will not be exemptions and the tax will not affect renters.
District board member Jon Hill says it's worth the investment.
"If we are going to have a rich community, if we are going to have a diverse community, and if we are going to continue to attract the military base, we need to be providing a K-12 education that knocks the ball out of the park," Hill said.
And Sammet agrees.
“I have family, I have friends, I have kids that I babysit that I know are going to Monterey High. I want them to just have a better time," Sammet said.
Thursday night''s meeting was the last community meeting, but the public is welcome to attend upcoming board of education meetings, the district said.
Based on community input, the district is hoping to reach a decision by Oct. 18.