There are 16 route buses, or buses specifically designated for taking students to and from school, in Graham, each of which has only one outdated security camera. But that's about to change.
The Graham Independent School District school board approved the purchase and installation of security cameras on route buses in the amount of $30,000 on Wednesday.
This summer, three new cameras — two in the front and one in the back — will be installed to help ensure behavioral and safety standards during student transportation. Each camera has GPS capabilities as well.
“If a bus is broke down somewhere and communications are out, this system will allow us to find the bus,” said Don Davis, GISD director of finance and assistant superintendent.
The additional cameras will provide more ways for school officials to view what's gong on inside of the bus.
“It's going to give us more coverage than we've had,” Davis said. “A student can make up anything about a driver and vice versa. Plus, if there's a theft or a fight or any situation, we can investigate it.”
Additionally, Davis said these new cameras will help protect children, bus drivers and parents, and will allow them to get the information they need for any situation on the bus.
“We want a safe and secure environment for children,” Davis said. “Security cameras are a preventative measure too. Drivers can't be focused on children while they're driving a bus.”
Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.