Glen Innes Public School wins crossing guard to help kids cross the highway

SAFETY UPGRADE: MP Adam Marshall with Principal Christine Dorward celebrate the school crossing over the New England Highway.

SAFETY UPGRADE: MP Adam Marshall with Principal Christine Dorward celebrate the school crossing over the New England Highway.

Glen Innes public school students will no longer have to fear crossing the New England highway with the state government announcing they will employ a new full-time school crossing supervisor.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall described the crossing over Church street as "notorious" in a press release.

Joining school Principal Christine Dorward and P and C President Natasha Ward, he said the new road safety position would come as a great relief to parents whose children have to cross the busy road sometimes up to twice a day.

"This highway is a busy highway, the New England, and getting busier, and the school population here of students is growing as well - very shortly they'll top 400 students," he said.

"To this point we've been very fortunate, by good luck and good management there haven't been any collisions or any fatalities or anything but it does present a risk."

The supervisor will stop traffic and help students cross the road between 8.15 and 9am every morning and between 2.30 and 4pm in the afternoon every school day.

Hiring will begin in the next few weeks.

Adam Marshall said there hasn't been a supervisor at the crossing before, due to state government requirements that a school crossing had to be used by 300 cars per hour in the morning and afternoon as well as at least 50 students to be eligible for a supervisor.

The state government has amended their requirements so they only need one or the other of those criteria to be eligible.

Glen Innes Public School Principal Christine Dorward said the new supervisor would give both teachers and parent's piece of mind.

"Church Street is an incredibly busy road and everyday many of our children who walk to and from school have to cross it, sometimes in peak hour," she said.

"Already there are traffic lights outside the school which stops vehicles and allows pedestrians to cross, however I welcome this additional level of adult supervision which will ensure our children make it where they are going without incident."

The Glen Innes P and C have been fighting for the crossing guard for several years. President Natasha Ward won an award in part due to her involvement in lobbying for the increased protection.

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