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City and Town of Neenah to work on agreement for new school crossing guard

The move is a money saver, but parents say the price is too dear when it comes to their child's safety.
TOWN OF NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) - Parents in the Town of Neenah are upset after the district there removed a crossing guard position for a local elementary school.

The move is a money saver, but parents say the price is too dear when it comes to their child's safety.

Cars fail to yield as children wait to cross commercial street in the Town of Neenah. Now, parents are speaking out about the lack of a crossing guard.

"We'd like to see a crossing guard because it's a 4 lane highway," Susan Benner, a parent, says. "And the traffic is moving fairly quickly and we just want a safe way for our kids to get to and from school."

The town eliminated the position after the previous guard retired this summer...students must now cross unassisted.

"It's very unsafe for our children," Kristi Kortbein says, "because cars drive very fast and they don't always stop for them and it's very important for our kids, we want our kids safe."

The city has been working closely with the town to bring back the position.

"What we've done is we've offered a 50 percent split," City of Neenah Mayor George Scherck says, "which seems extremely reasonable since it's outside our jurisdiction."

Parents say the offer sounds fair.

"If the city of Neenah is willing to go 50/50, I think that's a good compromise between the city and the town," Benner says.

And the city says it's a small price to pay for child safety.

"They were paying $20 an hour, we pay $15 an hour, so I think we could reduce that to about $2700, and split two ways would be a relatively minor budget number," Mayor Scherck says.

Town officials will review the compromise on Thursday.

 

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