Up to eight new School Wardens are to be appointed by Cork County Council for the coming year, with one school in each Municipal District is to benefit from the additional resource.
In East Cork a new Lollipop person will keep the youngest pupils at St Colman’s National School, Cloyne safe manning the Spital entrance near the Primary School. Senior Area Engineer, Cork Roads, Dave Clarke, told the October sitting of the Municipality that the new Supervisor the School’s first Lollipop person, is being funded in response to safety concerns.
He said he was making his decision “based on the school size, location, traffic type and volume of speed at school times, while also taking into consideration existing traffic calming measures, adjacent controlled pedestrian crossings and desire lines for pupils crossing the road to and from buses and set down locations or walking routes to and from home.” Cloyne National School Principal, Mary O’Brien said they had raised concerns over the years for the safety of students, as pupil numbers continue to grow. “It can be quite dangerous at opening and closing times. Parents are very nervous letting their child walk or cycle to school, as there are no safe places for them to cross. With a Warden in place it may encourage parents who live in estates close to the school to let their children walk or cycle to school.”
The new role is expected to be filled during 2019 once the recruitment process has been completed.