Penfield elementary school eliminating cross guards

Updated: 03/27/2014 10:50 AM
Created: 03/25/2014 6:01 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

How would feel about a machine replacing a crossing guard at your child's school? That’s the plan at one elementary school in Penfield and some parents are not happy about it.

The Penfield superintendent says this is way to save money. The plan is to install a traffic signal that will take the job of the crossing guard at Scribner Road Elementary School and some parents are uneasy about the change.

Anne Osovski lives around the corner from Scribner Road Elementary School where she drives her daughter each day.

Anne Osovski, parent, said, "The traffic in the morning on Scribner is really busy."

For years, a crossing guarded helped kids cross the road safely, but now, this solar powered traffic light would take the place of a human being.

Osovski said, “There’s not a chance that I’d send her with just an inanimate machine helping her cross the road."

But school officials say it's a way to cut costs and maintain safety. Superintendent Dr. Steve Grimm says these advanced warning beacons would stand on each side of the road.

Dr. Steve Grimm, superintendent, Penfield Central School District, said, "Students as they approach the crosswalk, they would press a button and then the light would illuminate from both side, from both poles and indicate that there's a student getting ready to cross.”

The district says about six students use this cross walk on a daily basis.

Dr. Grimm, superintendent, said, "We're going to provide them with some instruction this spring and also in the fall. The crossing guard will also be part of the equation."

Until the end of the school year, which some parents think just isn't enough.

Osovski said, “To have that for elementary school students I think is inappropriate. They're too little.”

School officials say there will also be a bus loop supervisor tasked with keeping an eye on that crossing to make sure kids are safe.

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