It wasn't the lowest bid--but it was the one that provided what was needed at the best cost. The Lincoln County Board of Education approved spending $137,500 with Fortress Mobile for a new security camera system for Lincoln County school buses.
Transportation Director Eric Eaker had presented the bid information to the Board at committee meetings the previous week. They gave final approval on Tuesday night (May 14th).
Eaker says the new system will provide three HD cameras for every bus, and the chosen system will allow expansion to include external cameras if they are needed and approved later. "Those could be used," he told us, "to catch anyone who passed a stopped school bus with its stop sign extended."
Eaker said the three cameras will also have microphones, so any incident on a school bus will be easily investigated with the help of video evidence.
The cameras are just one of the increased security measures the schools are taking to make schools safer for students and teachers using money from the quarter-cent additional local sales tax approved by voters last year.
At Tuesday's meeting, the Board also updated the Schools tobacco and drugs & alcohol policies. The changes include the possibility of stiffer punishments for those who violate the policies. The Board had previously approved a change banning e-cigarettes (vape devices) from schools.
As usual at Board meetings, various recognitions of students and teachers were the majority of the evening. Among those recognized were winners of the new Superintendent's STEM Awards:
Reese Burch from Rock Springs, the K-2 winner
Aiden DeLuca, Benjamin Heavner & Noah Oracion from Rock Springs, the grades 3-5 winners
Seraphina Shutt from West Lincoln Middle, the grades 6-8 winner
Halee Reinhardt from West Lincoln High, the high school winner
The West Lincoln Middle School Science Olympiad Team, winners of first place at the regional competition in March and medalists in 15 of 23 events were recognized.
Four teachers were recognized for being selected for summer programs at universities: Regina Hovis & Ruthanna Campbell-Crews will attend a Leadership Academy at High Point University; Anna Gilbert will attend a Pricnipal Preparation event at UNC-Greensboro; Jordan Owens will participate in Western Carolina's Masters of School Administration placement program.
Sign up for our FREE email service and we'll send you an email every day with links to our articles posted since the previous day's email. That way, you won't miss the latest news, obituaries, sports and other items of interest for Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties.