Parents' wish granted: Crossing guard to start work Monday

Parents' wish granted: Crossing guard to start work Monday

CHAMPAIGN — Why did Glenn Simpson cross the road?

Because he's the new crossing guard at the intersection of Randolph Street and Beardsley Avenue.

On the same day that parents of Dr. Howard Elementary students voiced their safety concerns to The News-Gazette about the lack of a guard at the school's new location, Simpson confirmed he'll report for duty Monday morning at the busy intersection.

"At the moment, what I'm hearing is that that (intersection) is the new spot that has been created because some people were having problems," he said Friday. "My boss called me, asked would I take it. I said yes, it was fine."

For the next two years, Dr. Howard classes are being held at the former Columbia Center on Neil Street while their century-old neighborhood building is demolished and built anew.

Some parents grew concerned after saying they'd watched students run between Randolph and Beardsley in recent days without an adult around to direct traffic. PTA President Kristin Van Duyne called it "an accident waiting to happen," saying parents called officials in search of a solution.

Crossing guards are placed by the police department, not Unit 4.

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