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Local mom wants crossing guards after rescuing child from traffic

Following the start of a new school year, there is a crossing guard shortage in several school districts, including Leander ISD. (CBS Austin)

A Leander mom wants answers and action, after she says she had to run into traffic to pull a stranger's child out of harm's way.

Following the start of a new school year, there is a crossing guard shortage in several school districts, including Leander ISD.

"The kids are struggling to get across the street, because the cars usually won't stop for them, says Comacho Elementary parent Holly Nelson.

This year Holly noticed LISD didn't have a crossing guard stationed on South St., a busy road between her home and her daughter's school.

Now she watches out, not only for her own kids, but for others as well. "There was a little girl trying to cross, and she almost got hit by a car, and when I saw that, I ran out there, and I stopped the traffic and got her across safely," Holly said.

"We are looking to staff about 20 additional crossing guards to fill out our employee base across Williamson County," said Corey Ryan, an LISD spokesperson.

Ryan says the district and transportation department are working hard to fill vacancies, so Holly's husband, Justin, wants to know why they didn't hear back when Holly applied for the position herself, and he emailed the transportation director about the problem a month ago.

The school district says they initially contacted Holly about the job but never heard back. Holly says a job interview was scheduled but that the district cancelled it. The interview has been rescheduled for this week.

The crossing guard shortage isn't a budget issue. In fact, district salaries have actually increased this year. The problem, Ryan says, is that the jobs are only part time, and unemployment is low.

"We're competitive with other school districts and other crossing guard positions in the area, but it's not competitive with all of the other employment opportunities in the area," Ryan said.

Holly says she'd gladly take the job. "If I'm already doing this and trying to help the kids cross, just give me a stop sign, so I can help everyone out," she said.

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