LAWRENCEVILLE, GA (CBS46)
Just about every Metro Atlanta school has traffic backups as parents drop off and pick-up their children.
“Last year we had officer Dave here,” said grandparent Sheila Battle. “He was wonderful.”
This year, Officer Dave is no longer at Rock Springs Elementary School in Lawrenceville helping with traffic, and no one is replacing him. Parents, students and other commuters are now left to cross a busy street in front of the school at their own risk.
“Last Thursday when I was walking the kids to school, a parent almost hit the little one,” Battle said.
The school has two entrances, a bus entrance and a parent entrance. The bus entrance still has a crossing guard, but the busier parent entrance no longer does.
“It's concerning because I want to take action before something happens,” said parent Ginger Keever.
Keever has a seven-year-old student at the school. She said school officials told her they could no longer afford the $4,000 expense of the officer.
“That seems like pennies, nickels and dimes for the school system,” Keever said.
CBS46 questioned the school district about the issue. A spokesperson confirmed that Rock Springs Elementary School has less students enrolled this year, meaning the school is receiving less money. The school is now diverting the funds allocated for the expense of the officer to academic materials.
The school district is now monitoring this situation and will determine if there needs to be action at a district level.
There is talk of some parents fundraising to pay for a crossing guard or officer, but that won't solve the problem long term.
“We really need an officer because this is an accident waiting to happen,” said Battle.
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