Houston County Board of Education Discusses Future Updates

UPDATED 5:58 p.m.

During the meeting board members discussed a number of items on the agenda.

One of them being a new school bus camera system.

The current cameras use a digital recording system , which records video on a hard drive that can be removed from the bus.

The new system would be similar but have additional features like the capability to communicate with the bus driver with a texting feature if they need to communicate with the transportation department and an emergency phone call feature.

One of the main new additions, GPS tracking.

"The GPS tracking gives us the capability to track the bus where ever it goes and when ever it makes a stop. It also records the speeds and things of that nature and gives us the capability to create a map of where the bus has been so we could actually map out our bus routes," says Bob Blalock, Technology Coordinator at Houston County Board of Education.

The new school bus camera system will be installed on a Houston county bus Friday.

They'll run will a trial of the new system for 2-weeks.

Another major point on the agenda, the Houston County High School Annex.

Pitchford says the Annex has been vacant for years.

At one time it housed elementary students but they consolidated those students to Webb.

Currently the Annex is used to store books and for Houston County High School basketball practice.

Other than that, Pitchford says the building has been deteriorating.

"We've discussed it again in a work session about the possibility of placing this Houston County Columbia Annex up for bids and there have been people that have expressed interest in bidding," says Pitchford.

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DOTHAN, AL- Houston County Board of Education met this morning for a work session.

They are discussing topics such as testing a new bus camera system and upcoming roofing projects for the Houston County School system.

Nothing will be voted on in this meeting, only discussed among board members.


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