SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is going to be conducting a warrant study this fall, on the municipality’s current school crossing guard program.
As part of the ongoing core services review, Engineering Technician Lori Fox made a presentation to Scugog Councillors on the Township’s crossing guard program, at a meeting on Monday, Sept. 11th.
Ms. Fox told Councillors there are currently eight spots, in the Township, where crossing guards are situated.
“One of the locations has two crossing guards at it, that’s the Simcoe [St.] and Hwy. 7A location, and the rest of them have one guard,” Ms. Fox said.
Ms. Fox is the crossing guard supervisor. The township currently employs nine part-time crossing guards, as well as one spare crossing guard and three emergency spare guards.
“We are currently seeking two to three additional spare guards,” Ms. Fox said, later adding that three to four spare guards is “ideal” for the number of school crossings the Township has.
She also explained, most of the guards have a one hour shift in the morning, and a one hour shift in the afternoon.
“The crossing guards do provide an excellent level of service,” Ms. Fox said.
Last year, the crossing guard program cost the township about $94,000, however, Ms. Fox expects that cost to decrease this year, because of the school boards’ recent decisions to change their bell times.
“There is an approximate savings of about $6,700 per year, just in that,” she said.
Ms. Fox also spoke about the warrant study.
“We do do a warrant study, regularly, just to make sure that the complement that we have of crossing guards is first of all warranted, the ones that are out there are needed. Having an up to date account, of how many children use the crossings, is importan,” she said. “The Ontario Traffic Council Crossing Guard guide suggests you do it every other year.”
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back said, she was “pleased” the report didn’t call for any reductions in the number of crossing guards.
“Our crossing guards are our unsung heroes. They are our guardians for our children to get to and from school safely.”
Mayor Tom Rowett said, “there can never be enough safety enhancements.”