By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –
A motorist on South Fork Road recently passed a stopped school bus on the right hand side while the bus was discharging passengers. He was subsequently arrested and charged with several violations. Two of the bus’s on-board cameras caught him in the act.
Hardy County Public Schools Transportation Supervisor Melvin Shook and Director of Administrative Programs Steve Williams requested the Hardy County Board of Education approve the purchase of additional cameras for more buses in the fleet. Williams appeared before the board at the meeting held Monday, Dec. 2.
“These systems include stop-arm cameras,” Williams said. “They point to the front and the rear of the vehicle, taking pictures of the license plates.”
Williams said currently, buses are equipped with forward-looking cameras and some buses are equipped with cameras that are trained on the driver. “Parents and even administrators expect the buses to have video cameras,” he said.
Williams presented a quote from Angeltrax Digital Mobile Video Surveillance Solutions. The systems quoted include two interior cameras, two license plate capture cameras (one left and one right) and one exterior rear-mounted camera. Six packages with mounting brackets and installation will cost $19,360.38.
Board Vice President Loy Kesner asked if competitive bids were considered. Williams said the cost to have the state provide the cameras was higher, but didn’t elaborate on the actual numbers.
Funding for the cameras will come from the state’s replacement bus allocation.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to purchase the six Angeltrax Hybrid Quest Mobile Digital Video Systems.
Williams said motorists disobeying law and passing stopped school buses is a sporadic problem. “The town of Moorefield Police rode on some of the buses last month and we didn’t have any violations,” he said.
EHHS/MHS Building Projects
In an effort to match new brick with existing brick at Moorefield High School, the board considered different masonry products. Architects Greg Williamson and Bill Ratcliff presented various brick, block and mortar samples. “It’s really exciting to be getting to this point,” said Board member Dixie Bean.
Williamson will provide additional samples later in the week and the mason will complete a mock-up of all masonry so the board can see the actual color and finish variations before work begins.