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Columbia County considering cameras outside and inside school buses

Jun 14, 2023 12:46 pm

Jeanette Wolfberg reports in The Columbia Paper that while other local schools have been adding cameras to the exterior of school buses to catch motorists making illegally passes, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee has been discussing also putting cameras on the inside of buses. The interior cameras would monitor student behavior. The New Lebanon Central School District would like to use the cameras this September. In more than a year, Dutchess County school buses with cameras have recorded vehicles passing stopped buses 11,100 times. The interior cameras are more controversial because students lose privacy. The Hudson district already has interior cameras, and Dr. Lisamarie Spindler, the outgoing superintendent of the Hudson City School District said that “as a mother and a superintendent I wholeheartedly support the use of cameras on buses.... The cameras provide video evidence when we have incidents on the bus, and they also aid in the investigation of accidents.” Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.

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