Pa. school district approves audio surveillance on school buses

Administrators say move will enhance school vehicle security

Aug. 20--Tulpehocken School District students will be under audio as well as video surveillance on school buses starting the new school year.

The Tulpehocken School Board approved a change in the district's transportation policy Tuesday night that administrators say enhances school vehicle security.

The change will add audio recording equipment to the video cameras already in place on district school buses.

Previously, audio recordings on school buses violated the state's wiretap laws. A bill signed into law in February created a legal exception for audio recording, provided the district makes parents and students aware of the practice.

The board also approved sending Dr. Edward J. Albert, superintendent, to the National Conference on Education in San Diego in February.

"They will have breakout sessions and look at what is happening in education," Albert said. "It is a workshop designed for administrators to see the cutting edge."

Business Manager Thomas L. Kowalonek said the $1,100 cost of the four-day trip will be covered by the district's funds for superintendent conferences and travel expenses.

The trip was approved 5-3. Oscar Manbeck, William T. Palmer and Daniel Steinhauer voted no.

Manbeck said he did not see any value in the conference.

Palmer and Steinhauer said they were concerned about the cost.

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