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Hi Walnut Acres Families,
The City of Walnut Creek is considering reducing funding to the Walnut Creek crossing guard services by about 14% to help reduce a budget deficit caused by Covid-19. That cost would either fall to the Walnut Acres PFC, or crossing guard services in the city of Walnut Creek would be cut. If this concerns you, please join us in urging our City Council members to fully fund the Walnut Creek crossing guard program for the 2020-21 fiscal year and into the future.
In 2014, The City of Walnut Creek cut crossing guard services by 50%, in response to budget constraints cause by the recession. When MDUSD was not able to cover this cost, the Walnut Acres PFC (among others) stepped in. We have paid 50% of the cost of the crossing guard at Wiget & Blackstone for the past 5 years. In January 2020, prior to Covid-19, the PTO presidents from Foothill Middle School, Walnut Acres Elementary, Valle Verde and Bancroft Elementary officially notified the City of Walnut Creek that we could no longer allocate these funds, which are needed for our on-site school programs and services. Unfortunately, on June 12, we were informed that the city is considering reducing crossing guard services. The result could be a bill to the Walnut Acres PFC for $10,000 each year. We do not have this amount allocated in our budget for 2020-21.
The City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on this matter this Tuesday, June 30. Please email the City Council now and encourage them to continue providing and funding crucial crossing guard services for our community. As the city’s website states, “studies have shown that school-age pedestrians are the group at greatest risk of being involved in an accident”. We need the city to protect students and other pedestrians crossing city streets to all Walnut Creek elementary schools. Currently, there are crossing guards at 12 school-related locations throughout the city. The Walnut Creek School District pays 50% for their locations, while the parent non-profits pay 50% for those near the MDUSD school locations.
Please submit written comments by email to PublicComments@walnut-creek.org prior to the City Council meeting. Comments received 2 hours prior to the start of the meeting will be provided to the City Council and posted to the City website as part of the official record. To watch the June 30th Special City Council meeting and view the agenda, go to: https://www.walnut-creek.org/government/public-meeting-agendas-and-videos. They currently plan to approve the final budget, if possible, at the July 7, 2020 City Council meeting.
The Walnut Acres PFC