Bullen Middle School crossing report

Bullen Middle School – www.kusd.edu

The principal of Bullen Middle School, Kim Fischer, spoke at the Public Safety and Welfare Committee meeting yesterday, regarding the children street-crossing situation at the school, which is located at 2804 – 39th Avenue.  Mike Lemens, director of public works, said that the situation was reviewed at great length.  “If people followed the state law, there would be no problem.  People driving and not obeying the law is the problem.  Pedestrians have the right of way.  School zones are 15 mph.  We tried everything to modify the behavior.  Where enforcement efforts are made, compliance comes about often.”

Fischer expressed her frustration several times. “Kids have gotten hurt.  I’m almost six feet tall.  That’s a 35 mph zone.  That’s not the speed limit at any other middle school.  It’s 15 mph.  I am out there standing in the street every morning and every afternoon, and sometimes I get nervous.  I need my kids to be safe.  I don’t want to see another child hit.”

Police Chief John Morrissey said that he has seen an increase in traffic.  “Without the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) paying, every middle school will want it.  It was estimated that a full-time crossing guard will cost $5,300.  That’s our busy time, between 2 and 4 pm.  We will do what we can.”  He wanted to know if the KUSD would be able to provide the funds.

Lemens said that the policy and a resolution would have to be changed in order to change the way the city provides its crossing guards.  Middle schools are not eligible for crossing guard status.  Chairman of the committee and Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia said that “If we do this, it would be opening up a can of worms.”

Alderperson Anthony Kennedy said that he understands Fischer’s frustration.  He said, “It doesn’t mean we’re not going to do anything.”  He wanted to know if the funding from KUSD had been received.

Fischer said that she calls Sgt. Molinaro every morning.  She is still looking for the KUSD to provide the funding.  “We dismiss classes close to 4 pm.  It’s dark, and we’ll be getting snow soon.  I can’t hire or train.”  She wanted to know if the funds were available, can the KUSD provide person?  Or the Police Department?

Kennedy said that the duration is the concern.  “If the funding can be provided for only two, three, or four weeks, it’s not worth it,” said Morrissey.  “It becomes a bigger liability.”  Kennedy stated that he’d send Fischer some information.  He had thought that she had the funding, but she does not.  He misunderstood.

Kennedy stated, “You keep working on the funding; we’ll work on the Common Council.”





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