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Police seek crossing guards

| Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001

Moon Township police Capt. Leo McCarthy is looking to hire two or three people - not police officers, but school crossing guards.

He wants the guards to start work Aug. 28, when classes begin for Moon Area School District.

The hiring job fell into the police department's lap after Allied Security, which had provided crossing guards in Moon Area schools for more than a decade, did not renew a contract to provide them this school year, said Alan Bennett, the district's director of pupil services. He said an attempt to contract with another firm was unsuccessful.

An Allied Security spokeswoman said she did not know of another school district in the country for which Allied provided crossing guards.

When Allied did not renew the contract for this school year, 'we determined the township and school district need to employ crossing guards,' Bennett said, 'and the police department should hire them, since the crossing guards will be trained and supervised by the police.'

The district ordered new uniforms and equipment for the crossing guards. 'The public should be looking for more orange,' Bennett said.

Bennett said the township and school district split the cost of crossing guards at Allard and Bon Meade elementary schools, and at the middle and high schools.

McCarthy said he especially needs guards for the entrance and exit at the high school, where guards are on duty from 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

The pay is $9 per hour for the first three months, then $10 per hour.

School crossing guards do not have to be township residents, but McCarthy said they must be able to get to work in all kinds of weather.

Drivers sometimes disrespect crossing guards because the job includes stopping traffic as school buses enter or leave a school, he explained.

McCarthy and Bennett said the job would be appropriate for retirees.

Anyone interested in work as a crossing guard for Moon Area should call McCarthy at (412) 262-5000.

Howard McClellan may be reached at hmcclellan@tribweb.com or (412) 306-4534.

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