Members of the city's Traffic Safety Commission considered requests for crossing guards for two schools Monday but recommended a guard for only one of them.
TSC members supported a request from officials at Sunset Hill School, 901 Schwarz Rd., for a crossing guard to help students cross Kasold Drive at Harvard Road.
The Sunset Hill attendance area recently expanded west to Monterey Way, resulting in more students crossing Kasold, according to a letter from Calvin Rice, Sunset Hill principal, and PTA President Donna Reynolds.
Rice said at the Monday meeting that about 80 school children living west of Kasold could walk to school if they had the assistance of a crossing guard at the intersection, Terese Gorman, city engineer, said today.
ABOUT 22 students currently cross Kasold to get to the school, according to pedestrian counts conducted by the city, Gorman said.
With little debate, TSC members decided to recommend the crossing guard for the intersection. The salary for a crossing guard, to be paid by the city, would be about $2,500, Gorman said.
TSC members opposed a request for a crossing guard for students crossing Inverness Drive at Winged Foot Court to get to Quail Run School, 1130 Inverness Dr.
"Basically they just felt like Inverness was a residential street and that they didn't need a crossing guard at this time, though they said one might be needed in the future," Gorman said.
"I think they felt the only people that drive on Inverness are from the area and know the school is there," she said.
No one represented the school at the meeting.
Lawrence city commissioners will consider the TSC recommendations at an upcoming meeting, Gorman said.
IN OTHER action Monday, TSC members:
Elected Carl Thor as chair, replacing Jim Black. Commissioners elected Bill Shepard as vice chair, replacing Thor.
Recommended installing stop signs on Kasold Drive at Trail Road, making the intersection a four-way stop.
Recommended removing parking on both sides of Learnard Avenue from 19th to 23rd streets.