Gowanda renames pool after longtime employee

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Central School’s natatorium will have a new name.

At a recent meeting, the Gowanda Board of Education approved to rename the natatorium.

The school pool will now be known as the Stefanena Kysor Natatorium, after the longtime district employee. Kysor has been employed with the district since the late 1960s and has been instrumental in the pool program. She has taught several students and adults how to swim as a lifeguard and lifeguard instructor and worked with the American Red Cross. She was also involved with the Waverunner program.

“… Stefanena Kysor has continually sought to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the residents of the district and … the Gowanda Central School Board of Education would like to recognize Stefanena Kysor for her service to the Gowanda Central School District and the community as a positive and influential role model …,” the resolution stated.

Board member Sue Flaherty said she was happy with the name chosen for the pool opposed to just using Kysor.

“It’s specifically her … for that purpose and reason alone, I like that (name),” Flaherty said.

President Lynn Ham-mond showed appreciation for the name since Kysor approved of the name. Hammond said selecting the name would be the “best way to honor (Kysor).”

The board discussed if signs should be put on the outside or inside of the building. It did not make any decision on sign placement, but approved the resolution to name the natatorium after Kysor unanimously.

It was also announced, the girls cross country team received a NYSPHAA scholar athlete team award. The varsity team had an overall average of 99.67 for the first marking period, making them first out of over 2,900 teams statewide.

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