INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A shortage of lifeguards is forcing the Indianapolis Parks Department to close some of the 19 city pools on a rotating basis.
The parks department is increasing the pay it offers to lifeguards as it tries to hire 50 more people to fill its typical 320 positions.
Parks department spokeswoman Maureen Faul tells WTHR-TV the lack of applicants might be tied to the later finish in the school year because of so many winter snow days. The Indianapolis Public Schools don't finish classes until Thursday.
The department is increasing the hourly pay for lifeguards to $10 from $8 to help fill the jobs. The Indianapolis Star reports that's more than some suburban pools pay.
Faul says the pool schedule will be adjusted if enough guards are hired.