It was announced recently that the agency providing crossing guards, Wisconsin Personal Protection Services (WPPS), was closed for an unknown reason and would not be able to provide the service for the remainder of the school year. Crossing guards have been an important position that perform vehicular and pedestrian traffic control at an appointed post for the purpose of protecting school children crossing heavily traveled streets. This certainly forced the Village to make some immediate decisions and collaborate with community partners to find a short-term solution.
On Monday several of the current crossing guards came out to their locations and still worked despite not being paid because they wanted to assure the safety of students and community members. Village and school district staff pitched in at key intersections, as well. A huge thank you goes out to those crossing guards, Village staff, and school district staff who assisted in the crossing guard efforts this week. We also want to thank our Police Chief Peter Nimmer and the Police Department staff who performed valuable research in a short period of time in order to put together some valid options for the Village Board to consider.
After deliberating during their March 18 meeting, the Village Board determined to try and hire the 11 current crossing guards as Village employees for the remainder of the school year. The Village knows there is a chance some of the current crossing guards may choose not to come back. In addition, the Village would like to assemble a pool of alternates in case a crossing guard is sick or unable to work a certain day. Therefore, the Police Department is currently looking for individuals in the community who are willing to serve as a crossing guard or a crossing guard alternate for the remainder of the school year.
For those interested in serving as a crossing guard or a crossing guard alternate, please contact Debbie Noel Govani with the Shorewood Police Department at 414.847.2616 or via email at email@example.com. Crossing guards work 2 hours per day from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session. Feel free to read the entire job posting. Crossing guards will be paid $15 per hour. While the positions are open until filled, we hope to have all crossing guard positions filled in time for April 1 when students return to school after spring break.
Once again, we are so proud to be a part of a community who has the ability to rally together and solve a problem that needs to be addressed in a short period of time. While this is only a short-term strategy to get us through the end of the school year, the Village plans to work with the school district and other community partners to discuss long-term solutions in preparation for next school year. If you have any questions about crossing guards, please don’t hesitate to call Village Manager Rebecca Ewald at 414.847.2701 or reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.