Raleigh city leaders are working to keep kids safer in school zones and adding more crossing guards to schools in the area.
“We moved to a system where we will distribute crossing guards based on request from the school system,” said Councilman Bonner Gaylord.
Gaylord said the changes come after a 7 to 1 vote on the measure Tuesday night. He estimates more than 60 schools in the city will likely need the guards, at least 18 said they did not. Those numbers help decide how much it will cost the city.
“It’ll depend on how many schools are interested in pursuing it,” he said. “But it’s in the tune of several hundred thousand dollars. Each crossing guard ends up costing about $6,700 per year and there’s a training program, uniforms, and more to be able to safely work as a crossing guard.”
Parents said it’s money well spent if it saves a life.
“If it’s going to help safety and save a child and help out drivers from not hitting anybody and them being more careful, I am all for it,” said Jeff Hatley, a father of two.
It’s still undetermined when the additional crossing guards will start. Officials with the Raleigh Police said they will have to advertise the positions, interview candidates, do background checks on finalists and provide training
The city is paying for crossing guards at 27 schools in the city limit.