Surely this really isn’t an option
I READ with distress the news that council is considering cutting road crossing supervisors - it is unfair of the council to jeopardise the safety of our school children for the sake of $75,000.
Surely there are better ways to save money, such as cutting excessive staff numbers, rather than targeting the crossing supervisors who, literally, are protecting lives every day they work.
Crossing supervisors do more than just guide children across the road, they know each child, each parent and family and are almost like an unofficial wellbeing service – if they see someone isn’t well, a child has been hurt or something along those lines, they are always the first to respond.
The crossing supervisors who work on Highett Street also act as a pair of eyes to monitor behaviour at the skate park, which can sometimes be rowdy and inappropriate – they act as a reminder to all skate park and rec reserve users that there are eyes on them and to act accordingly.
Even if crossing supervisors are replaced by volunteers, the volunteers will not be as dedicated because they aren’t being paid, nor will they have the knowledge, experience and training that a crossing supervisor brings to their job.
I’d like to implore all the parents, families and even school teachers to write to their local council member, and contact the council office directly and let them know this is an outrageous proposal and one that should be taken off the table before it gains any further momentum.
Let’s do this for the safety of our kids.
Eric Morrison, Mansfield