Dale commission talks work study

A way to familiarize students with job opportunities in the county was discussed at the Dale County Commission meeting Dec. 10.

Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blankenship suggested that the commission consider a work study program in collaboration with the Dale County and Daleville and Ozark City School Systems that would enable students to work part-time with the county while still attending academic classes.

Blankenship said the opportunity would be a win-win situation because it would introduce students to opportunities available working with county government and would provide students with part-time employment.

“The purpose of the program would be to educate students on all aspects of county government so we could develop a rotation schedule whereby students could spend time in all the departments to include the commission office, the probate office, the revenue office, sheriff’s office, road and bridge, the maintenance department and the solid waste department,” Blankenship said.

“Even if they never come to work with the county but do have the opportunity to rotate through this program, we would be creating better citizens that know and understand about county government,” he said. “They would know why we do what we do. It also gives us an opportunity to work with young kids to emphasize the importance of a good work ethic.”

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson agreed. “A program like that gives students a vision of what the benefits are to being a county employee versus an employee in the private sector,” he said. “I think it would benefit our community as a whole to give people a better understanding of what we do.”

In other business, Dale County Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt McDaniel was reappointed to the Ozark Dale County E911 Board.

The commission will not meet Dec. 24. The next meeting of the Dale County Commission is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 in the Dale County Government Building in Ozark. A work session begins at 10 a.m. and is followed immediately by a voting meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.

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