The Pownal School District board has included $10,000 in the current budget to buy cameras to be mounted inside its four regular buses.
Soon-to-be-released technology would allow surveillance outside the buses, too.
The Bennington Banner reports that in past years the school district has dealt with significant bullying and harassment problems on its buses. The problem prompted the board to pay adults to ride the buses with the children about six years ago.
“They showed some stop arm cameras where some cars were actually going on through and you can catch their license plates and work with the local police department to look into those types of situations,” Principal Todd Phillips told the board this week.
The board supported the addition of the exterior cameras.
The decision was made in January to add the cameras in part to reduce a $25,750 expense to pay paraprofessionals to ride every bus in the morning and afternoon.
Phillips said he favors both the cameras and adults on every bus.
Brown, Warren campaign with McCain, Cleland
BOSTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are campaigning with some well-known figures, focusing in part on veterans’ issues.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona appeared with Brown at a rally yesterday in Melrose at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial building. They were joined by 6th Congressional District candidate Richard Tisei, who’s in a heated race with Rep. John Tierney.
Warren campaigned with former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, who, like McCain, is a decorated Vietnam veteran. Cleland lost his legs and an arm in that war. McCain has lingering physical effects from more than five years as a prisoner of war. Warren and Cleland were to attend a midday rally in Beverly, joined by Congressman John Tierney.
Later, Warren and Cleland attended a labor rally in Hopkinton with 4th Congressional District candidate Joe Kennedy III.