WESTERLY, R.I. — A Rhode Island public school district has been paying for a crossing guard at a private school for 18 years, now the superintendent says it needs to stop.

Westerly Superintendent Mark Garceau told the school committee Wednesday that the deal with St. Pius X Regional Academy came to light earlier this month when the department’s payroll office was preparing for the upcoming budget.

The Sun reports that Garceau said the crossing guard was costing the school district about $5,000 a year. He called the principal of St. Pius X to tell her the situation would end.

The Catholic school’s principal said the crossing guard is important because the school is on a dangerous street.

Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com

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