Microphones to be added to Moon Area buses

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Moon Area students will not only have to mind their manners while riding district buses, but soon they will have to mind their language as well.

Student Transportation of America, the district's transportation provider, is adding microphones to the video cameras already in use on the 31 buses and 30 passenger vans.

Each vehicle is equipped with two cameras inside and a third pointed outside to record cars passing buses illegally.

Sally Currie, administrative assistant for transportation at Moon, said the district previously had recorded audio but stopped approximately five years ago when instructed to do so by the Pennsylvania State Police.

With the addition of audio recording, district and transportation officials will be able to hear students and the drivers.

"A lot of times it doesn't matter, but then there are some times that you can sure use it," said Ms. Currie, who adds that many times the audio is indistinguishable because of the students talking or cheering.

STA did not return calls seeking comment.

The announcement for the change to district buses was made toward the end of Monday's school board meeting.

Additionally, the board announced a public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the 2012-2013 middle school schedule. Principal Melissa Heasley will discuss the schedule and answer questions. The meeting will be in the middle school auditorium, University Boulevard.

With the start of next year's school year and the completion of the new middle school, Moon will be moving fifth-graders into the middle school.

The board also awarded two contracts in relation to a partial reroofing project at Brooks Elementary.

Sapp Roofing Co. Inc. was awarded a $23,792 contract to repair the overhang areas on the front of the building. RAM Acoustical Corp. will do soffit repairs at a cost of $9,940. These funds will come out of the district's capital reserve fund.

Change orders related to the conversion of the current high school to middle school project for an increased cost of $4,810 also was approved.

Sonja Reis, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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