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Release Number: 19-052
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- February 4, 2019
- Contact Person:
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Middle School Crossing Guard Program
Sheriff Chad Chronister and Commissioner Stacy White ask for a potential new Middle School Crossing Guard Program to be explored.
- February 4, 2019
- Time: 12:00 AM
After hearing from many residents across Hillsborough County and seeing recent news coverage about a group of parents from a local middle school privately raise funds for crossing guards to manage potentially dangerous school crossings, Sheriff Chad Chronister and Commissioner Stacy White have seen enough. "We have a responsibility to do what it takes to keep our kids safe," said Sheriff Chronister. "Ensuring the safety of our children is an important priority for everyone in this county."
"As much as we talk about pedestrian safety initiatives we should make middle school students, many of them sixth graders, come first in those endeavors," Commissioner White continued. "It is unacceptable that parents have to raise money privately to keep our kids safe."
"Guaranteeing kids a safe route to school is a core function in every community. Money raised by parents should be used for school enhancements that go above and beyond those core functions," Chronister added.
Sheriff Chronister has already asked for a detailed study that will provide him with more details, including the costs, on what it would take to administer a crossing guard program at middle schools across the county.
Commissioner White will ask the Hillsborough County Commission to formally partner in that study at this Wednesday's County Commission meeting. If the study shows that phased implementing such a program is feasible, Commissioner White will ask for special funding for the program and Sheriff Chronister will
begin implementation of it.