A step forward was taken Wednesday to trying to fund crossing guards at all middle schools in Hillsborough County by next school year.
County commissioners had a staff report update on where the process stands for funding 42 middle schools in the county.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office tells ABC Action News they would need around 165 crossing guards to make the crossing guard program possible in all middle schools.
As of now, the sheriff’s office employs nearly 300 crossing guards for elementary schools.
Currently, there are 23 open crossing guard positions that a spokesperson for the department said they’re working to fill as soon as possible.
"Any opportunity to enhance student safety is one I'm proud to join," Sheriff Chronister said.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White said the program would be implemented in a three year phase to allow the sheriff time to recruit and hire crossing guards.
The sheriff’s office said they would look into recruiting online, through social media, job fairs and other ways.