Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White is proposing a new budget item that would fund crossing guards at crosswalks near all traditional public schools in the county.

The effort would cost the county $1 million a year. He’s also suggesting $200,000 for capital costs to improve crosswalks by adding lane striping, flashing beacons or signage. The Board of County Commissioners will consider White’s proposal at its meeting next Wednesday.

White’s move comes after White has been working since early this year to find ways to fund more crossing guards at Hillsborough County Schools and just a few days after a Riverview student was struck by a car crossing the street to get to Barrington Middle School. The 12-year old boy was expected to recover, according to ABC Action News.

White’s proposal would use money from the county’s general fund and it would not apply to county charter schools. The capital cost for crosswalk improvements would be used for only those intersections located within unincorporated Hillsborough County.

“It is obvious that the safety of our children should be among the highest of our priorities,” White said. “There have been reports that parents at other schools have successfully raised funds for crossing guards.

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