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D-428 board, Park District advance talks of teaming up in 2019

DeKALB – A long-standing, casual partnership between DeKalb School District 428 and the DeKalb Park District likely will be formalized next month.

Although nothing concrete was decided at its regular meeting – its stated intention was to be purely informational – the District 428 board discussed a potential shared use agreement with the Park District on Tuesday night.

The board voted to make a formal decision on it at its January meeting.

If approved, the agreement will strengthen and support the ongoing relationship.

As part of the existing, informal partnership, the DeKalb High School golf team uses the Park District’s golf courses and driving ranges, School District 428 has access to parks and the pool for parties and events, and the Huntley Middle School pool is open to the public for swim lessons and lifeguard classes.

Tammy Carson, the school district’s director of facility operations, said that the two entities had a formal agreement at one time in the past, “but it went by the wayside” at some point. Carson said that she has been trying to get an agreement formalized for years.

In the process, Carson has been working alongside Amy Doll, the executive director of the Park District, to get the intergovernmental agreement set down in writing. Carson presented the resulting document to the board Tuesday.

District 428 Board President Victoria Newport expressed her approval for the potential agreement.

“[This agreement] shows a positive relationship between the two entities,” Newport said.

Kerry Mellott, who serves as the school district’s secretary of the board, asked Carson whether the agreement had been looked over by the district’s legal team, and Carson said that it had.

Board member Jeff Hallgren gave the agreement a strong endorsement near the close of the discussion. He had served on the Park District board at the time the sports and recreation center was constructed

“This seems like the kind of thing that we envisioned,” he said.

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