District approves purchase of new buses with added safety feature

The Vigo County school board is moving forward with plans to buy seventeen new school buses. The move is not out of the ordinary, however, these buses include a new safety feature.

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 10:01 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2019 10:16 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County school board is moving forward with plans to buy seventeen new school buses. The move is not out of the ordinary, however, these buses include a new safety feature.

The Vigo County school district has a fleet of nearly two hundred buses.

The school board approved the purchase of eleven conventional buses and six special needs buses at a meeting Monday night.

The $1.7 million buy includes new cameras the district hopes will keep kids safe.

Superintendent Dr. Rob Haworth says, "We normally have two cameras. We're going to place four cameras that hopefully will be used for those instances where people do violate the stop arm and put our children in danger."

Video captured on the new cameras can be used in court.

The rest of the bus fleet will still have just two cameras but additional cameras could be installed down the road.

Haworth says, "We want to see what these seventeen look like and hopefully as we become comfortable with those we can see what this really means for us."

The new buses will replace some of the district's oldest buses. Those will be traded.

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