ARDMORE, Okla. -- The Ardmore School Board wants to equip several of their buses with digital cameras.
During last year’s school bond issue, Ardmore residents voted for nine brand new buses equipped with digital cameras. Now the school board wants to install the same technology on 18 other buses.
Transportation director Chris Kennedy says the new technology will help drivers keep their attention on the road. The camera systems are expected to cost the district around $35,000, but the money is coming from the sale of two older buses.
Kennedy says the cameras will be placed in two locations inside each bus, one in the front and one in the back.
"Our drivers can’t catch everything. He needs to concentrate on the road and look where he’s going of the road. With these camera systems we can keep an eye on everybody, so it gives an ease of mind to us, the drivers, and parents out there," Kennedy says.
Ardmore school administrators are set to hold a special meeting on Friday to formally approve the purchase of those digital cameras. If the board approves, installation could begin in about a week.