Parents Petition for Crossing Guard at Neenah Intersection
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NEENAH, Wis.- Parents in the town of Neenah are taking matters into their own hands to protect their kids at a crosswalk they say is dangerous.
This year the Town of Neenah is not paying for a crossing guard at the intersection of Commercial Street and Olde School Road across from Lakeview Elementary. Tuesday concerned parents started a petition to end this funding battle.
The petition is to show community support for a crossing guard. Parents hope it will be enough to get a professional back to help their kids cross the street before and after school.
"They do need guidance to get across the street," said concerned parent and playground supervisor, Jennifer Janssen.
Guidance, right now is the one thing kids don't have at that intersection since the Town of Neenah cut funding for a crossing guard at that busy intersection.
"With winter coming and the icy sidewalks and streets, we need to get this taken care of," said Janssen.
Parents are starting a petition, collecting signatures to bring to the town meeting Thursday morning.
However because the crosswalk is considered so dangerous the school has taken special measures, adding an extra bus route to help kids cross the street.
"There's two spots where the bus will pick them up everyday and drop them off," said Neenah school district communications manager, Jim Strick.
The school is in the Town of Neenah and the town has paid for a crossing guard for years, but they eliminated this position due to funding cuts, so the City of Neenah has offered to help.
"The city is willing to pick up half of that funding so I would hope the town could come up with the other half," said Lakeview Elementary School principal, Mary Renning.
A special meeting is being called by the Town of Neenah chairman, Bob Schmeichel. The meeting is at nine o'clock Thursday morning at the Neenah Town Hall. Schmeichel says he's very concerned for the kids safety and hopes a deal can be reached as a result of the meeting.