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Posted By: goldstecThere should be nothing we don't look at Except Public Safety Groups.
Posted By: peter_wattsI would also love to see the cost breakdown and what's saved by outsourcing. That seems like it should be public knowledge.BTW, why is town leadership ignoring the fact it failed in Maplewood?
Now if that ain't the Truth!! :bigsmile:
Posted By: truthWhile some information must be kept confidential because of ongoing negotiations. I believe there is nothing improper in disclosing the amount of difference between the current cost of the crossing guards program and the lowest proposal received (without disclosing the identity of the proposer).
Posted By: SO RefugeeSo should the village not look for ways to operate more efficiently (and save money) in the police dept., fire dept., or, heaven-forbid, with crossing guards because some villagers mistakenly equate that into a compromise with safety?You may want to push through an ordinance to replace the volunteer rescue squad with paid professionals because, obviously, they'll also provide a safer village for you and your village.The crossing guards - I'm sure - are nice enough people, but please don't dress them in a tight fitting suit with a cape and pretend that they have some sort of super-powers.
Posted By: peter_wattsAnd I don't think anyone has painted crossing guards as anything more than they are - people who make sure kids stay safe when getting to school.
Posted By: SO RefugeeBTW - outsourcing isn't the bogeyman. It is quite possible that these same crossing guards could be offered positions with the new company if the village decides to go that route.
Do school crossing guards get health care insurance? If so, I would like to know why. The crossing guard position is part time. In New Jersey, you do not need to provide health care insurance for part time employees.
Some year ago, a friend of ours was a Maplewood Crossing Guard. On the last day of school each year she and numerous colleagues of hers would go to the Social Security office and file for unemployment which they were entitled to at the time. Does this still happen? My friend has retired and moved away so I cannot ask her.
Posted By: Tom ReingoldPosted By: SO RefugeeBTW - outsourcing isn't the bogeyman. It is quite possible that these same crossing guards could be offered positions with the new company if the village decides to go that route.I realize this is late, but how would the town or the school district save money if not by paying people less? It doesn't matter who signs the check.
Posted By: jayjaypDo these crossing guards go through any kind of competency testing? Its easy to tug at the heartstrings by claiming "its for the safety of the kids." If that's true, then what is being done to insure that safety? Do they have standards for the job?