MIDLAND - One of the busiest areas on a school campus is the crosswalk. But on Thursday morning, more than 20 crossing guards in Midland were laid off.
"It was a shock. It was an absolute, total shock," Nancy Young, a crossing guard in Midland, said.
Young is one of the 20 plus crossing guards that lost their job on Thursday morning.
"Once these kids go back to school, they may not have the crossing guard that they've known ever since they were knee high to a grasshopper," Young said.
She wondered with school a short time away, who will protect the kids?
"We're out there when it's 100 plus degrees and we're out there when it feels about 20 below," Young said.
The company paying these crossing guards lost the bid to renew their contract to another company out of California. The City of Midland says with this new company, services will be provided for over $70,000 less than the previous one and still meet all requirements.
"As a government entity, we have to be careful with how we spend taxpayer dollars. We can't provide too much preference. If there's one company that can do a great job and be economical as well, we do go with that," Sara Higgins, Public Information Officer with the City of Midland, said.
Some schools, depending on which one, have three crossing guards. Young is just concerned, if they were short already, how will they find enough new crossing guards in time for school?
The new company, All City Management Services, says they are looking for as many employees as they can find and all current crossing guards shouldn't worry. They want to hire them.
"Our intent is to hire as many of the existing crossing guards as absolutely possible. We want to take advantage of their knowledge of the intersections, knowledge of the schools, knowledge of even the kids," Harlan Sims, Marketing Director of All City Management Services, said.
If you're interested in lending a hand as a crossing guard, call 1-800-540-9290 or visit TheCrossingGuardCompany.com.