At my OHS Hall of Fame Induction, I had the opportunity to talk to Brian Wright, son of Clyde Wright, benefactor of the pool. I asked him why his father funded the pool, and he replied, “the kids.”
Clyde Wright simply believed in what we could accomplish. When I was in fifth grade, the construction of the pool was the biggest thing going. The opportunity to swim high school swimming for seven years was the first domino in my athletic career. Without it, I would not have earned seven OHS varsity letters, received a college scholarship, discovered kayaking, or made an Olympic team.
On Tuesday, voters will decide on a lifeline for the Oneonta High School pool. The pool, built in the mid-1970s, was last renovated in 1995, is closed much of the year due to a lack of regular maintenance. The vote in question is whether to use reserve funds to assist in funding the $1.4 million lifeline needed to restore the pool for year-round use. Community efforts have so far raised $72,000 toward the project, and state aid brings the funding raised to $400,000.
I urge you to vote in favor of funding this critical project: For all of the kids with dreams and what they accomplish. For all the lives that can be saved by drown-proofing our community. For all of the benefits of introducing a lifelong sport to our youth. For all of the community programming and creative use of this space has to offer. Please take the time to vote!
Kate Hendrickson Borg
Borg is a 1985 graduate of Oneonta High School.