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The Sarasota Police Department is in need of crossing guards to encourage students to cross at the proper intersections during the school year, the department has announced. It also is hoping to hire a crossing guard coor- dinator to manage the crossing guards, a news release says. School crossing guards are considered part- time temporary employees and are paid for the time they work at their crossing posts (approximately 10 hours a week). Starting pay is $12.50 per hour, uniforms are provided and crossing guards are paid while in train- ing, the release points out. The morning hours, depending upon the school whose students they assist, are 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; the afternoon hours are 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Crossing guards work only while school is in session, August to May, and they are off for two weeks during the Christmas holi- day period, one week at spring break and on national holidays and professional days for teaching staff. T h e m i n i m u m q u a l i f i c a t i o n s i n c l u d e the following: • An eighth-grade education. • Experience in a customer service role. • The ability to pass background screening. • The ability to handle the physical require- ments of the job. • A sense of responsibility for the safety of students. NEW CROSSING GUARDS SOUGHT FOR COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM A crossing guard for Southside School stands ready to assist students on a recent morning. Photo by Cleve Posey • Possession of a valid Florida driver's license and means of transportation to the job site. Those interested in the position should call Nicki Whitehead at 954-7063. Sarasota News Leader May 23, 2014 Page 83

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