Sto-Rox Parents Angry Over Loss Of Crossing Guards

STOWE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — It was the first day of school in the Sto-Rox school district, but parents of young children in Stowe say they had a rude awakening when their kids needed to cross busy streets to get the school bus — no crossing guards.

“I was totally shocked like I said,” Gary Kreutzer, a Stowe parent, told KDKA Money Editor Jon Delano. “This is the first time that I had heard anything of it. They didn’t send any newsletters out or say anything about cuts.”

Kreutzer brought his first grader to the bus stop on Broadway, and he was hardly alone.

“We have a middle school bus with10 kids. We have a first elementary school bus I counted 15, second elementary school bus, I counted 16,” noted Helen Burley, another local parent.

Like a number of municipalities, Stowe has cut five of its eight crossing guards, leaving just three.

“This is basically a cut to save money,” says Roger Paulish, Jr., father of three young children in the district schools.

“Well, I’m sorry. My 5 year old, my 7 and 8 year old are priceless. You can’t save money by cutting safety.”

The municipal police chief — responsible for crossing guards — was not available for comment, but Sto-Rox superintendent Mike Panza says he has no quarrel with the cutbacks.

“I’ve been in touch with the police chiefs. They are excellent. I believe they know what they’re doing and we will follow their lead.”

But with trucks and cars not always yielding to school children on busy streets, parents disagree.

“I moved here because I thought this was a safe neighborhood. I don’t want to live in a place that doesn’t value the children.”

Local parents say they will be at the next public meeting of the Stowe Township commissioners, asking the commissioners to restore those crossing guards that the parents say are so essential for the safety of their children.

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  • Former Roxer

    IT’S THE ROX!!!!!! What do you expect?
    If you thought it was a safe neighborhood – you must have graduated from Sto….

  • Heather

    Can’t parents volunteer as crossing guards instead of complaining?

  • greg

    If there children are proiceless, then they should all get together and hire private crossing guards. Choose between cable, cell phones, beer money or priceless children. Don’t use the “I pay taxes” arguement either. Take the cost of education per child multiply it by your children and I guarantee you don’t pay that much in real estate taxes.

  • Heather

    Although, to be fair, the school should have sent out a notice so parents had time to prepare and get their own crossing guards

  • Denise

    Lets look at this parents–the economy is the worst shape than ever. They are laying off teachers,. Your complaint is no school guards? The children should be responsible on getting their children to school. Did you ever think of forming a parent crossing guard schedule? You each take a turn. A parent must be present at each cross street, even for the middle school children..Get it together. Geez..

  • Denise

    *parents should be responsible not the children sorry typo

  • 1-2-3

    Raise taxes and hire guards, see if the parents go for that.

  • A Responsible Parent

    If his children are so precious, why isn’t he crossing them himself? Yes, I agree with Heather that notices should have been sent out. However, those are YOUR children, take responsibility for them! I detest hearing about parents who leave EVERYTHING regarding their children to other people!

  • Meh

    Somebody moved to Sto-Rox on purpose because they thought it was a safe neighborhood? Seriously?

  • critter

    Cross the children yourself lazies.

  • fairtaxes

    Talk to your governor Tom Corbett! He is the one that brought this mess to pennsylvania.

    • Corbo Doosho

      Exactly,You morons wanted a republican….Enjoy !!!

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