All buses, vans in the Seneca Valley School District to get cameras

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The Seneca Valley School District is outfitting the rest of its small buses and vans with surveillance equipment.

School board members on Monday agreed to purchase and install camera equipment from Famtec Surveillance of Norwich, N.Y., in vehicles that do not currently have cameras.

The cost will be $75,000 and will be taken from the district’s contingency fund.

Linda Andreassi, district spokeswoman, said 56 cameras will be installed in vans and small passenger buses. She said the larger school buses are already equipped with surveillance equipment.

This follows the school board’s decision in the spring to allow audio recordings on all school buses.

School board members passed a resolution allowing audio surveillance after a state law was changed to permit audio recording on buses for security and disciplinary purposes.

Jim Pearson, director of transportation for the district, said at that time the cameras on the school buses were equipped with sound capability and it would be turned on this school year.

Laure Cioffi, freelance writer:

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