Crossing guards in Arlington have received their pink slips for the upcoming school year.
Roseann Casazza, president of the Arlington Traffic Supervisors union, said all 31 traffic supervisors received their layoff notices from Arlington Schools on June 17.
“Keeping the school children safe was and should be a [number one] priority,” Casazza said. “It is not now.”
School officials decided to lay off traffic supervisors for Fiscal Year 2011, which began today, because of a budget shortfall of about $4 million. Dozens of teaching positions and maintenance workers are also being cut.
Cutting the traffic supervisors will save the district more than $200,000.
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie was unavailable for comment Thursday.
While the private fund raising effort, Bridge the Gap, led by the Arlington Education Foundation and the FY11 grassroots group has raised about $600,000 to offset budget cuts, none of the money is slated to be used for traffic supervisors.
Casazza said the traffic supervisors have been helping Arlington’s school children cross the street to and from school for more than 50 years, but when school resumes in September the traffic supervisors will not be back.
“Please watch out for school children and keep them safe,” Casazza said.