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Norwin school buses to add audio recording equipment

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Starting with the 2014-15 school year, audio recordings will be made of activity on Norwin school buses, which already are equipped with video cameras.

The audio recordings, which now are allowed by state law, will be made to protect students and drivers from injury, verbal abuse and threats, district officials announced.

The audio recordings also can be used in disciplinary and security investigations of students and adult employees and its contracted service providers. The recording systems will be implemented by the district's transportation provider, First Student Bus Co.

More security cameras

The school board has awarded $130,016 in contracts to install security cameras and related equipment at four school buildings in the district.

The contracts with Combustion Services Equipment Co. in Millvale call for seven cameras to be installed at Stewartsville Elementary at a cost of $28,176; five cameras at Hahntown Elementary, $23,240; 11 cameras at Hillcrest Intermediate, $40,740; and 10 cameras at Norwin Middle School, $37,860.

Cameras were installed at the Sunset Valley and Sheridan Terrace last year. Prior to that, security cameras and digital recording equipment was installed at the high school.

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2360, or at tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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