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Crossing guard cutbacks in Wausau

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WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU) The Wausau School Board and the police department are moving forward with a plan to cut crossing-guard hours. The changes will take effect after Christmas vacation in January.

Busy intersections near schools will be staffed with crossing guards 45-minutes before school begins and after school dismisses. That cuts most crossing guard hours in half. They're currently at their posts 90-minutes before and after class.

Police say most students come and go during the 20-minutes before and after school, and during the longer shifts the guards usually have no students to assist. Police say students should plan ahead, and get to busy intersections during the 45-minute window when the guard is there.

The change will save the school district about 57-thousand dollars next year.

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