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Crossing guards have a job in Dougherty County

August 30, 2006

Albany - - School crossing guards will remain on the job all year in Dougherty County.

Today, the School Board voted to pay for the guards out of the system's reserve fund. The city will pay for a third of the cost,  even though it notified the school system more than a year ago that it no longer would pay for the guards.

Just days before school started, the board came up with a temporary plan to pay for the guards for 30 days. This year, 14 fewer guards are working, but every location that had a guard last year will also have one this year according to School System Police Chief, Troy Conley.

"Initially we had 40 crossing guards return that showed and interest in returning to work and there were some locations that had higher traffic volume than others," Conley says.

The total cost for the crossing guards this year is $187,000.

The school system still wants the county to chip in, but in the past county leaders have said they won't.

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