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Community Center transition underway

Discussion of Auburn's YMCA operating the Skaneateles Community Center will become a reality Aug. 1. What will happen to its staff of more than 100?

Parks and Rec Director Matt Major said the town board informed top administrators last week that their positions would be eliminated, except for office manager Sue Murphy Greenfield, who will stay on with the town closing up the books.

Meanwhile, the other administrators have been in negotiations with the Y. Although Major's position has been eliminated, he feels blessed as he has accepted a position as the Skaneateles facilities and rinks director for the Y.

"It will be great to focus on what I do well," he said, adding that the parks are dear to his heart, but they require a lot of attention.

Having the town board oversee the management of the Parks and Rec operation as well as the Community Center was very cumbersome, he said, whereas the Y has great systems in place.

Major, who worked for the town for 23 years, said he's thankful for the experience of being able to meet so many great people while working for the community. He considers himself a public servant.

"Eight years ago, I was handed a key," he said.

"Build this," was the directive. It was himself and one other full time employee at the start. The management staff grew to eight, and then retracted to five. Remember that the initial Community Center didn't have a fitness component, and that the operations of the Parks and Recreation department were rolled into the center.

Other top positions as of Thursday July 7

Program coordinator Sheila Card accepted a job with the Y in programs.

Part time finance clerk Lori Thurston and membership manager Stephanie Bales will also work for the Y, moving into full time positions, which they are thrilled about.

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