CORPUS CHRISTI – It’s back to school next Monday for CCISD students and it’s the first year the city is no longer paying for school crossing guards.
Previously, the red-light cameras funded the program, but those cameras are no more.
Now the CCISD police department is overseeing the crossing guard program which has 26 guards this school year.
Each guard will be located near elementary schools with major intersections. A number of volunteers and staff will be directing kids in schools with less traffic. The district allocated for the program, funds that would otherwise go to educational programs
“When you look at the hierarchy of needs, security and safety is paramount. so understanding that the need for safety and security is there, it’s something that we’re going to have to deal with and we’re going to take care of it,” said CCISD Police Chief Kirby Warnke.
Meanwhile, flour bluff ISD has been covering the costs of their four crossing guards. Tuloso-Midway ISD doesn’t use crossing guards instead they hired a constable and off duty officers to direct traffic before and after school.