Catholic board to discuss crossing guards

The Northwest Catholic District School Board will discuss a recent request from the Town of Fort Frances regarding a partnership in providing crossing guards at its monthly meeting here Saturday morning.
In a letter to board chair Gerry Rousseau dated Jan. 7, Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft asked that the two local school boards work with the town to study student flow patterns to and from school, as well as the numbers and ages of children who walk to school.
In Ontario, it is up to municipalities to provide crossing guards if they choose to do so. Coun. Wiedenhoeft asked the boards to help the town conduct a study to possibly expand the current service in Fort Frances.
“At the present time, the municipality provides only one crossing guard at the intersection of Scott Street and Crowe Avenue,” the letter reads.
“It is the intention of council, after a thorough investigation, to provide crossing guards, within a limited scope, wherever they are necessary,” it adds.
“To say that an extension of this service will mean significant tax dollars is an understatement,” Coun. Wiedenhoeft noted.
Chris Howarth, superintendent of business for the Catholic board, will present a memorandum to the board on Saturday recommending it not share the cost of crossing guards with the town.
No other boards in Northwestern Ontario have been asked to share the costs of crossing guards with their local municipalities, he noted.
Also at Saturday’s meeting, the Catholic board will:
•discuss how to use $237,938 funding from the province’s Good Places to Learn Initiative;
•review a list of activities that went on in the board’s schools in March to promote healthy lifestyles (March was nutrition month); and,
•vote on a motion to approve a Student Information System in the 2004-05 budget at an estimated cost of $75,000.
The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at the board office next to St. Francis School.