Private Firm to Assume School Crossing Guard Services

News Release #: 14-160

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has selected Staffing Connection/Action Labor of Ft. Lauderdale to assume school crossing guard services for Sarasota County schools.

The agency announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) on May 22, 2014, with a final due date for all submissions of June 18, 2014. The contractor will be responsible for providing crossing guards who are certified by the State of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) at specified locations throughout Sarasota County at the appropriate times before and after school. The contractor would also be completely responsible for the recruitment, retention, training and supervision of personnel.

In Sarasota County, between 30 and 35 school crossing guards are required for each school day. Current school crossing guards who are part-time employees of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office were notified about the change and advised that there is a transition mechanism in place for those interested in continuing in that position.

"The staffing of school crossing guard positions is better suited for a private labor agency than as a function of a law enforcement agency as it has been in the past," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "To continue to provide a high level of service to our community, we believe this is the best solution for the children of Sarasota County."