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School Board Approves Crossing Guard Program

Pictured is Samuel G. Love Elementary School in Jamestown. The school board passed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with the city for the School Crossing Guard Program. P-J photo by Timothy Frudd

The Jamestown Public Schools Board approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday between the school district and the city to improve school crossing safety.

The resolution passed by the board authorizes Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker to administer the agreement with the city for the Jamestown School Crossing Guard Program.

“The city, as part of that agreement, would recruit and hire and manage the employees and the school district would pay for the employees,” Whitaker said. “They have kind of the management side and we have the fiscal side.”

The superintendent said the project is currently focused on providing crossing guards at Jamestown’s elementary schools. He added that the school district could expand its focus to other schools as well.

“We’ll see, based on traffic patterns, and other issues,” Whitaker said. “We also have over at Persell some projects in the works around crosswalks and signage and flashing lights and neon signs.”

The Jamestown City Council discussed the memorandum of agreement in March, which followed an increase in the number of pedestrians being hit by vehicles this year.

The memorandum of agreement calls for the increase in pay for the positions of part-time school crossing guards as part of the school’s initiative to increase the safety of its students in the city.

In other business:

¯ Paul Abbott was re-elected school board president while Patrick Slagle was re-elected vice president of the school board.

¯ The school board approved a contract extension with IBEW.

“IBEW is the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,” Whitaker said. “That is for head custodians and some of our maintenance personnel and for mechanics.”

The contract extension is through June 2027 and includes about 15 employees.

“There are some tool allowances,” Whitaker said. “There’s some uniform allowances. There’s some increases for salary or hourly rate across the five years.”

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