Madison has crossing guard shortage

Madison has crossing guard shortage

The city of Madison has an immediate need for school crossing guards.

Madison Crossing Guard supervisor Patti Knoche said this shortage is the worst she’s seen in her 20 years of being on staff.

Within a span of six weeks, four crossing guards retired due to health illnesses.

To help with the staffing shortage, crossing guards are now working double duty.

Knoche said if these positions are not filled, Madison police officers will have to be pulled from their daily duties to help out.

“Worst situation, we may have to leave corners unstaffed and those kids are left on their own,” said Knoche. “We simply cannot have that happen.”

The school crossing guard position is a permanent, part-time job.

Starting pay is $16 an hour.

Anyone interested in applying can learn more here.