Phys Ed Coordinator Rusko To Retire

May 23, 1991|By Staff report

Paul Rusko, county coordinator of physical education and athletics, followed the path of his assistant, Jean Boyd, when he announced his retirement Tuesday.

Rusko, who has served in the county for the past 32 years as a physical education teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and at his current position, officially will step down on June 30.

"I've been in the business for 34 years -- that's over half of mylifetime," said Rusko, 57.

"I always told myself that I would know when it's the right time and I've been toying with it for some time. Now's a good time. I made the decision Monday."

The Severna Parkgraduate has watched the county grow from five high schools to 13 (12 with the merger of Andover and Brooklyn Park). He has occupied his current post in the county's Board of Education building since 1971.

Rusko made the issue of sportsmanship a top priority this year andwhile his policies raised concern in that area, he said they have "only scratched the surface."

"I don't think that we accomplished that much this year. There's no doubt that much has to be done, and that we've got to get much better in the area of sportsmanship," he said.

"It's a growing problem that's got to be met head on, and it needs everyone's shoulder behind it."

Rusko also would like to see more emphasis placed on daily physical education programs on the elementary and kindergarten levels.

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