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Crossing guards ready for first day of 2019-2020 school year in Hillsborough County

Posted: 7:57 AM, Aug 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 04:28:03-04
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and County Commissioner Stacy White announced an update in the crossing guard hiring process as the first day of school approaches.

The announcement comes months after county commissioners voted to expand and fund HCSO's crossing guard program to include middle schools.

"The safety of students as they head to and from school is a top priority for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Chronister. "We have gone to local job fairs, talked to community groups and advertised online in search of the best people to protect our children this year, and we look forward to putting those individuals to work next week."

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Sheriff Chronister said HCSO added 35 middle schools and 11 elementary schools for a total of an additional 91 Crossing Guard positions. As of August 6, HCSO only has 55 positions open. To apply, click here.

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These are the elementary schools adding crossing guards for this year:

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The hiring process will continue until all the positions are filled. On the first day of school, any remaining vacant positions will be filled with law enforcement officers.

"I am very happy with the progress we have made," said Sheriff Chronister. "In fact, we are nearly 3-years ahead of schedule in implementing our new middle school crossing guard program and are under budget."