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Augusta school crossing guard reports to work

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Even though the Augusta school board eliminated crossing guards this summer, one dedicated crossing guard is reporting for work anyway.

Sherry MacArthur, with a hand-held stop sign, helped kids cross the street near Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday and Thursday. ...

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Even though the Augusta school board eliminated crossing guards this summer, one dedicated crossing guard is reporting for work anyway.

Sherry MacArthur, with a hand-held stop sign, helped kids cross the street near Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday and Thursday.

The 48-year-old MacArthur, who’s been a crossing guard for nine years, tells the Kennebec Journal her conscience wouldn’t allow her to risk the health and safety of kids.

She says drivers frequently speed on the four-lane highway near the school and she’s seen a number of close calls over the years.

The city cut all crossing guards earlier this month, saying few kids walk to school these days. The move also saved $47,000.

MacArthur says she plans to keep showing up to work.