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High tech changes are coming to Racine Unified School District buses this fall. The company they contract with, Durham Buses, will outfit each vehicle with a digital video camera and microphones.
/ Source: WTMJ-TV and JSOnline.com

High tech changes are coming to Racine Unified School District buses this fall. The company they contract with, Durham Buses, will outfit each vehicle with a digital video camera and microphones.

RACINE - High tech changes are coming to Racine Unified School District buses this fall. The company they contract with, Durham Buses, will outfit each vehicle with a digital video camera and microphones.

District officials hope the move will cut down on bad behavior on the buses.

Transportation director Patrick Starken says last year the district had more than 3,000 reports of misconduct on school buses.

The cameras will allow them to find out exactly what happened and who the troublemakers were. "It's very difficult for some of the bus drivers to control it sometimes when you have 60 kids on the bus," he told TODAYS TMJ4HD reporter Lauren Leamanczyk.

Another high tech upgrade is coming later in the school year. Each bus will have a GPS system installed. It will allow the district to track where buses stop and when.

The changes come as Racine Unified is adjusting start times at several schools. The change in start times allows the district to save $1.5 million per year in bus fees.

Starken says last year it cost $148 per bus each day to transport students. This year, even after the charges for the new technology, the district will pay only $129 per bus each day.