Carpentersville Wonders How To Handle Drivers After Cutting Crossing Guards

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — The crossing guards are gone in Carpentersville, and village officials are trying to figure out how to get children safely to and from school.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, after a heated debate, the Carpentersville village board voted last spring to lay off five school crossing guards in order to cut $40,000 years from the budget this year, the Daily Herald reported.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

The school district, Community Unit District 300, said it didn’t have the money to pay the crossing guards either. But the district pleaded with the village board not to do away with the crossing guards, the newspaper reported.

Now, the village board is considering ways to slow down drivers near three elementary schools, in lieu of crossing guards. It is studying whether to put in speed bumps, traffic roundabouts, or other ways to keep drivers from speeding through.

The Daily Herald says it is unlikely any option will be in place in time for the start of school this fall.

  • jennifer

    It amazes me that they ONLY saved $40,000 a year on five jobs! they could have cut the board of educations pay by five percent and saved way more since they are the highest paid salary members in the district three hundred, and what in reality do they do for our kids? Really shows us parents how much they really care about the saftey of our kids! Im outraged at this

  • jack

    @ jennifer – it’s c-ville not D300 that pays the crossing guards – if you are so outraged – as should all parents – do a volunteer crossing guard system – the parents in c-ville need to step up and care – I volunteer to watch the kids go to school by me – and you should too….

    STOP being outraged and DO SOMETHING

  • rolly

    Not that I live in Cville anymore, but I still have family there. I recommend that they place police officers at those schools that need those crossing guards every morning. I’m sure there is enough officers that they could spare some to post a vehicle and officer there every morning. Drivers will slow down and children will make it to school safely, and no need to hire new persons.

  • Enrico Martinez Sanchito

    Maybe C’ville should ask some of their illegal sh!t Mexicans who send their kids to school and contribute absolutely nothing, to volunteer some of their time for this.

    • OLD VET


    • jack

      so you going to rally the troops for us – or you just blowing steam off

    • Right

      Better yet, deport them so they won’t collect public aid anymore and then this town will enough money for crossing guards.

  • jeff

    I have an idea! Teach your children how to cross the street. We all learned, and it’s been a lifelong useable skill.

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