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Beyer High pool renamed after longtime swim coach

Kirk Lindsey pictured outside his office in this 2006 file photo. Modesto City Schools honored the longtime Beyer supporter, civic leader and swim coach Monday night by renaming the high school's pool the Kirk Lindsey Aquatic Center. The vote was unanimous to approve the change. About a dozen of Lindsey's colleagues and past students were in the audience to applaud the move.
Kirk Lindsey pictured outside his office in this 2006 file photo. Modesto City Schools honored the longtime Beyer supporter, civic leader and swim coach Monday night by renaming the high school's pool the Kirk Lindsey Aquatic Center. The vote was unanimous to approve the change. About a dozen of Lindsey's colleagues and past students were in the audience to applaud the move. ((Joan Barnett Lee / jlee@modbee.com)

Modesto City Schools honored a longtime Beyer supporter, civic leader and swim coach Monday night by renaming the high school's pool the Kirk Lindsey Aquatic Center.

The vote was unanimous to approve the change. About a dozen of Lindsey's colleagues and past students were in the audience to applaud the move. Beyer Principal Dan Park said it was not about the many titles Lindsey held, "it's the countless number of young lives that he touched."

Lindsey, who died in June 2009 at age 62, served on the California Transportation Commission, several countywide business panels and numerous school fund-raising organizations.

Board President Sue Zwahlen added, "To say he was a coach does not even begin to say what this man did. He lived his life the way sports should be played," Zwahlen said.

Fellow coach Jana Lee wore a T-shirt sporting one of Lindsey's signature phrases, "Quit stinkin' up my pool."

Speaking afterwards, Beyer parent Neil Van Ruiten said of Lindsey, "He turned those kids into young men and women."

At its meeting the board also unanimously approved buying five new buses as part of a five-year plan to meet required emission standards.

District bus mechanic Don Corgiat said the purchase was much needed. "These buses are getting very tired and old," Corgiat said. All five have traveled 400,000 miles or more.

The purchase will take $655,000 from the general fund.

In other business, trustees approved a partial calendar for 74 support staff that work 10 months out of the year.

The workers are disputing a two-week shift of their traditional Aug. 15-June 15 work year to start Aug. 1 and end the first of June, said union President Aaron Castro. Castro said the California School Employees Association filed a grievance Monday morning that could potentially cost the district $110,000.

A technology-use policy for employees passed on a 5 to 1 vote, with Trustee Cindy Marks dissenting. Marks disagreed with a wording change negotiated with employee groups, saying workers should be held to the same wording approved for students. Five other technology policies were approved unanimously.

Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at naustin@modbee.com or (209)578-2339.

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