By Craig McDanell
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:52 PM CDT, August 23, 2012
Derby school officials are taking a more advanced approach to monitoring student activity on it's school buses. Earlier this summer, new, digital, high definition video cameras were installed into each of the district's buses. Prior to the new cameras, the Derby school district had less than a dozen cameras it used for all it nearly 60 buses. The cameras were moved from bus to bus to monitor disciplinary problems.
School officials say the new cameras give them a peace of mind, knowing each student is monitored for the time they step onto the bus, to the time they step off. The cameras, which also record sound, come with a removable sd card. Officials can take that card, and review footage of any suspected incident. Tom Snodgrass, Director of Operations for Derby Public Schools says, "this limits the he said, she said." Officials can go straight to the video and see for themselves.
The cameras are to ensure safety and security for all students a staff. Snodgrass says, he hopes the cameras will make students think twice about their actions, knowing they are being watched.
Derby has about 2,000 students who rides it's buses.
The total cost for the cameras is about $5,000.
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