The Peoria Unified School District school board on Thursday voted to place security cameras on school buses and in the district’s 39 schools to deter crime and student misbehavior.
Paid for by the 2012 bond, the project is estimated to cost about $3.5 million to outfit each campus and $181,000 to equip buses. All new buses also will come with cameras, officials said.
“You act a little bit differently when you know that you’re on camera and bad behavior tends to sometimes not occur. However, if an incident does occur it gives us tangible evidence as to what actually took place,” Chief Financial Officer Michael Finn said.
Finn estimates about four to five cameras will be installed on each bus and at each elementary school. Each high school would have about seven to eight cameras. The district is working with a consultant to determine the final number.
Cameras will not be in classrooms, but are expected to be placed in the front office and campus exteriors. Currently, there are no district-operated security cameras on either buses or at schools.