November 4, 2009

City Council Brings Back Crossing Guards

At its meeting on Monday, November 2, 2009, the San Leandro City Council approved a contract with All City Management Services for crossing guards at eleven schools throughout the city. The total contract was approximately $76,000 and will cover eight schools in the San Leandro Unified School District and three schools in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Each of the school districts will contribute a portion of the cost to the City of San Leandro - about $27,000 for San Leandro Unified and $11,000 for San Lorenzo Unified.

According to the City staff report, crossing guards should be back on duty this week.

While the agreement is good for the current school year, the San Leandro Unified School District used one-time money that is unlikely to be available next year. Parent volunteers tried to fill in the gap at some schools and the San Leandro Teachers Association donated $100 to each elementary school to fund crossing guards, but volunteer efforts proved difficult to coordinate at many of the schools.

The crossing guard program was eliminated this year in order to balance the City's budget. The San Leandro Unified School District came up with an alternative that involved the City and School District contracting out to All City Management Services and splitting the cost. However, the San Leandro School Board asked the City to engage All City Management Services and the School District would contribute half of the cost to the City.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at November 4, 2009 1:08 AM | TrackBack
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