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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

WHY IS SHREVEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT PROVIDING CROSSING GUARDS AT ST. JOHN AND ST. JOSEPH SCHOOLS?

No offense to St. John Berchman’s Cathedral School and St. Joseph Catholic School. But why is Shreveport paying for crossing guards at these schools?

For that matter, why are crossing guards being provided at Linwood Charter, Linear and (North) Highland public schools?

The City of Shreveport has a contract with the Caddo Parish School Board for the Shreveport Police Department to provide school crossing guards for 36 Caddo schools.

The contract is for the 2019-2019 school year. It expires May 17 of this year. The total number of guards to be posted is 74.

The school board pays Shreveport $11,960.

The city pays $260,800 of the total costs for the crossing guards.

But guess what?

SPD actually provides crossing guards to 41 schools.

That’s 5 more than the contract requires.

Schools that have SPD paid crossing guards that are not listed in the contract are:

Linwood Charter

Linear

(North) Highland

St. Joseph

St. Johns.

And 3 crossing guards are provided at Creswell Elementary when the contract only provides for 1 guard.

Questions that need to be answered include:

a. Why provide crossing guards at 2 private parochial schools?

b. Why provide extra guards at one school?

c. Why provide crossing guards at public schools not included in the contract?

d. Are all the current guard locations needed?

e. Is it the function of the city versus the school board to pay for the crossing guards?

The Public Safety committee of the council is reviewing these issues.

Before a new contract for the 2019-2020 school year is executed, many issues should be resolved starting with the funding by the school board. And then guards should only be posted as per the terms of the contract.

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SHREVEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES MORE CROSSING GUARDS THAN REQUIRED FOR CADDO SCHOOLS