Education feature: Schools facing shortage of crossing guards

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis schools system is seeking 7 crossing guards.

CNJ staff

The Clovis Municipal Schools system is short on crossing guards.

Clovis schools needs to fill two regular positions and five substitutes

Joel Shirley, deputy superintendent of operations for the school district, said a full staff of crossing guards would include 24 people. Nineteen of those would be regular staff, with five substitutes.

“We draw heavily from the retired community and there are at least two of them out on a daily basis for doctor’s appointments and things like that,” Shirley said.

He said that though there is a shortage, none of the school crosswalks in the city go without a crossing guard.

“We cover it each day as needed. We have a list of directors and coordinators who can be contacted,” Shirley said.

In an interest to attract employees, Shirley said the district has raised the pay and is attempting to combine crossing guard positions with other part- or full-time positions to make it worth the while.

“It’s a two-hour a day job, so we wanted to make it more,” he said.

Applicants must be able to stand for an hour at a time and pass a background check.

Applications are being accepted at the Clovis Municipal Schools main building on Main Street.