LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In response to a school safety study conducted for the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD), school district leaders have purchased cameras and GPS locating devices for each of the district's 275 school buses.
The half million dollar investment goes toward installing three cameras in the front and back of the buses as well as a GPS radio, providing the speed and location of the buses at all times.
"It's really not a matter of taking it from one source to spend in another. It's a matter of a critical priority and safety is that critical priority," said Superintendent Dr. Jerry Guess. Guess told THV 11 that the cameras will go a long way in curbing school bus violence and bullying.
Dr. Guess added that the cameras are only part of the entire puzzle, but overall school safety is improving at PCSSD. Monday, the district hired a new security director with experience in law enforcement, most recently serving as a deputy prison warden.
District Operations Director Derek Scott said the cameras will be used any time there's an altercation between students or a driver and a student.
"The cameras are there for everyone's safety, for the drivers' safety and for the students' safety. We're not going to keep it a secret that we've put cameras on all the buses," explained Scott, who said the district is also looking at more cameras for some of the 38 school facilities in the district.