Crossing Guard Issue Divides Stowe Township

STOWE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Stowe Township has cut five of its eight crossing guards.

Since school started last week, Kelly Cropper-Hall, vice president of the school board, says she’s been unfairly inundated calls and visits to her home by angry parents.

“School crossing guards fall under the public safety,” she said. “That is a township issue not a school board issue.”

Howard Duerr, president of Stowe Township Commissioners, didn’t want to go on camera.

He told KDKA the problem is that when the crossing guards call off sick, the township has to replace them with their already small police force because they’re employed by the township.

“We need to come together with the school board and with the commissioners to sit down and iron this out,” Louis “Robin” Parrilla, a Stowe Township Commissioner, said. “We cannot use the public, the school students as pawns as we are using them. It’s unacceptable.”

Commissioner Duerr says the school district can have all the crossing guards they want if the district would pass an ordinance to employ the guards so they will be responsible for replacing them if they call off– and the township won’t abandon their police force creating a safety issue.

But parents also see a safety issue for their kids.

“Up on 13th Street, it’s a bad situation,” Debbie DaLoiso, a parent, said. “Somebody is definitely gonna get killed if something’s not done.”

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  • Critter

    On a brighter note,three people were injured on Tuesday night in a shooting in “Wilkinburg”.

  • Luke R

    Why can’t parents cross their own kids, too lazy to get out of bed ?

    • johnny69

      or at work?

  • Ron

    To quote Mr. George Carlin; this completely follows the “NIMBY” theory. Not In My Back Yard. These folks allow the government both locally and state wide to run their lives and raise their kids. The issue is not the laziness to get out of bed; it is more that grandparents are raising their childrens kids and can’t possibly walk very far or be as attentive. It’s a vicious cycle and a shame from top to bottom. Hell, the board of education cannot even form a normal sentence let alone assure the township that their babies are safe at school. A shooting in Wilkinsburg? Just press repeat, that’s another top model group of citizens there, too!

  • tbird

    Why not have a group of ‘volunteer’ crossing guards instead of paid crossing guards? Maybe the PTA can organize their volunteers. Born and raised in the Rox and never had a crossing guard cross me on my way to school – walked 2 miles each way. Never hit by a car either.

  • gutt

    Lazy democrats

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