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Recreation superintendent steps down for teaching job

July 31, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Jamie Shyda, Hagerstown's recreation superintendent, spent her last day on the job Friday and will take a teaching position at a local private school, she said.

Shyda has held the position for about six months, said John Budesky, the city's director of administrative services and manager of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Budesky said the recreation superintendent is a "key management position" that is the city's main link for the public to its ability to use the park. The position includes designing new programs and coordinating park use.

Budesky said he was disappointed that Shyda didn't stay longer, but said she had several accomplishments in the short time she worked for the city. Budesky said he hopes the next person would stay at least two years.

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"In a very short time, she was a very active component of our department and she will be missed," Budesky said. "I support her in her personal decision."

Budesky said Shyda helped usher in improvements to the city's golf course. Under her supervision, the course changed its name from Municipal Golf Course to Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run, and Shyda increased marketing of the course and tournaments there.

Shyda also developed marketing plans for the city's overall recreation system. Also, Potterfield Pool employees are now drug tested and fingerprinted as a result of Shyda's efforts, Budesky said.

Budesky said new candidates have been interviewed and the city hopes to fill the position as soon as possible.

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