Cameras make buses safer, transportation director tells school board members

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By Nancy Schaar

FPS Correspondent

Wayne Baughman, transportation supervisor, reported several steps have been taken to ensure the safety of all students while on school buses to members of the Carrollton Exempted Village School District Board of Education. Baughman said school safety is one of the first priorities for most parents. With more than 60 cameras now installed on district buses, safety will improve for all students. “Just the presence of the cameras has the kids behaving better because they know whatever they do is being recorded,” sai

d Baughman. Assistant superintendent Ed Robinson said there have been incidents where a student denied having said or done something that had been reported as an infraction. Robinson said it is a tedious job to watch the video for hours to get to the time that an incident happened, but every time the recording has settled the matter without much disagreement. Baughman said the number of incident reports has greatly been reduced. “It does make for a safer school,” said Robinson. – In other business the board: – ACCEPTED the resignations of Kerre Butler, Jamie L. Hawk, Gina Aston and Lawrence Devine. – HIRED the following teachers for the 2015-16 school year: Laura Dickerhoof, Daniel Westlake, Meghan Hill, Stacy Dunnerstick and Brianna Richards. – APPROVED medical leave for Brooke Phillips, Tabatha Ferren and Courtney Shreve. – SIGNED an agreement for the school year with Harcatus Head Start. – APPROVED a memorandum of understanding for 2015-16 for College Credit Plus between Stark State College and Ohio Public Private School Districts. – APPROVED the hiring of five substitute teachers and three classified employees. – AWARDED the following supplemental contracts: Jacob Wood, 7th grade volleyball coach; Jamie Hawk, 8th grade volleyball coach; Michael Bailey, boys soccer varsity head coach; and Joshua Huggett, middle school cross country head coach. – AGREED to pay the assistant athletic director on an as needed basis at a rate of $14 per hour. – WILL host two foreign exchange students this year. Jon Goffard is from Biskaia, Spain and Soulfiane Al Kaddouri is from Solingen, Germany. – CHANGED secretary Alicen Witts’ contract from a limited one year to a limited two-year contract. – ABOLISHED one bus drive position for the school year. – REPORTED the recently held Back to School Extravaganza was well attended.