The Riverside District 96 school board Tuesday night rebuffed a request by village government to completely fund crossing guards beginning in the fall of 2010, voting unanimously against the measure.
Nancy Jensen, president of the District 96 board, stated that funding for crossing guards off school property rests firmly on the municipal authority and that “expending education funds for this purpose would be a mistake.”
“We would like to support and help the village through their difficult financial times, but we as a board believe the responsibility for pedestrian safety on village streets is a public safety responsibility of the municipal government,” Jensen said.
During their budget discussions last year, the
Crossing guards cost the village about $83,000 per year. District 96 currently contributes $17,000 to the village to help fund the crossing guard program.
In the face of a 2010 budget deficit, village trustees proposed cutting the crossing guard funding entirely and asking District 96 to collaborate on an arrangement by which the village would still supervise crossing guard operations but the school district would pay for them.
“It is true that the school district’s financial condition is excellent, because six years ago, community members in
On Monday night at the
“I hope they meet with us in the middle,” he added.
But the resolution passed by the District 96 board states that while the district will continue to “provide crossing assistance in crosswalks adjacent to school property,” it “will not extend this provision to non-school property.”
District staff members and, at Hauser Junior High, school children serve as crossing guards for crosswalks adjacent to school property, according to Lamberson. The district does pay for a village-supplied crossing guard at
If the crossing guard program is cut by the village for 2010-11, Lamberson said, the district would continue to use staff members at crosswalks adjacent to school property and find another solution at