Norwin school buses to add audio recording equipment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.