This traffic dilema has been lurking over the district since last spring. The school system had all summer to try to work out safety concerns. Either the time was not used wisely, or those involved did not have the correct expertise to take on this task. These women...parents themselves....work for a pitiful hourly rate to make sure our children get to their school buildings as safely as possible. We need to empower those school employees by making the working conditions measure up. Mind you now, the info I am sharing next was not confirmed by me, but in talking to other parents one stated that the APD officers who do sit in their parked cars during start time and dismissal, are only paid to be there until 3pm. Why not pay them the extra hour to be there until dismissal is complete? And if A-town schools are paying the off duty APD officers, then why isn't traffic being directed by them? Officer Toth has shown a genuine respect and concern for our children through the DARE program and he would be a great consultant on this issue. I too get frustrated with the traffic pattern....or gross lack thereof....by the schools. But, one, you will never cure a jerk with or without a drivers license of his lack of common sense and disregard for public safety. Two, we as members of the Austintown community need to stand up to the school district and fight for the safety of our children and those employed to aid in the effort to keep them safe. It starts with us, the community. I have noticed though that most of the time, it takes an unfortunate incident, or threat of lawsuit for the school boards ears to open up. That negates the notion of public service and to me states that the bottom line is more important than character or a good reputation. Lets pull together. It's time to take back our school district and remind the board who they serve! As our Frank Ohl sign says, our schools are bully free......but are they also free of a sense of obligation backed by common sense and forethought? After this incident, I have to think that maybe they are.
November 14, 2012 at 12:29 a.m.
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