Crossing guards soon will be joining the students in the Lantana area to help them navigate the roadways.
Denton school district and county officials have been working to form a partnership to address safety concerns in the area, and commissioners last week approved a crossing guard program to create the new positions.
“Denton ISD, the county, the Lantana residents and also the district directors of Lantana all shared a common concern for the safety of the school kids going to and from the schools,” Commissioner Andy Eads said.
The crossing guards will be provided by the county but will be paid for by the school district, officials said.
Eads said Lantana was well-planned with great sidewalk access to the schools. But after an accident last year involving a student and a vehicle, officials decided some improvements needed to be made.
Randy Plemmons, chief deputy over operations with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, said the jobs should be posted online soon.
“We’ve already had interested parties who live out in Lantana that are crossing guards in other areas,” he said. “Hopefully we are going to get people who live out there and who are experienced in doing this day in and day out.”
The position is part time and seasonal and will pay between $11 to $13 an hour based on experience. That is the typical rate for crossing guards, Plemmons said.
In the meantime, deputies have been tending to the traffic needs of the district during the school arrival and dismissal times.
Plemmons said the new crossing guards, though not peace officers, will work out of the patrol section of the sheriff’s office as civilians.
“We’re pretty excited about it,” Plemmons said.
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