DeKalb Park District Board to vote on apprenticeship program

January 9, 2019

DeKALB – The DeKalb Park District is set to begin its first apprentice program in conjunction with Kishwaukee College.

On the docket for the first park board meeting of the year, at 6 p.m. Thursday, the board will vote on an agreement between the district and an incoming facilities apprentice, who will take on a part-time role for the district while completing a certificate program at Kishwaukee College.

Amy Doll, park district executive director, said the Kishwaukee student has already been selected, but had to go through the regular application process to become an employee.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done it,” Doll said. “We’re hoping the contract is simply a formality.”

Doll said the district’s current facilities team leader, Mike Mascal, indicated his wish to retire soon, and the district wanted to ensure an ideal succession plan.

“It’s a key position for us,” Doll said. “The age of our facilities means they come with some tricks.”

The apprentice will be paid hourly like any part-time employee, and upon completion of their certificate at Kishwaukee College – the park district will pay the tuition for the program – will become a full-time employee and work with the district for two years.

Job responsibilities will include repair and maintenance of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, pumps, fountains, and the outdoor aquatics facility.

Also on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the park board will continue its finance and budget talks, as it moves toward the beginning of another fiscal year March 1.

“We’ll start with an overview of the park district finances, review senior leadership staff, how park district financing works, and where our funding and revenue comes from,” Doll said.

Following the broad overview presentation, the board will then discuss budget and appropriation terms. Doll said the board will outline budget terms for the upcoming fiscal year.

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