Choctaw schools administrators Sherry Tubby. left, and David Germany say safety is the reason behind putting cameras on school buses.
Choctaw schools administrators Sherry Tubby. left, and David Germany say safety is the reason behind putting cameras on school buses.
Cameras have been installed in 11 Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians school buses.

The Choctaw schools have about 60 school buses in their fleet. The purchase and installation of the cameras cost around $29,000. It was made possible through a safety grant through the Bureau of Indian Education.

“The main thing is student safety,” said David Germany, director of schools for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. 

“We want to be able to watch and see what’s going on on the bus, to keep up who is where in case there is a question about anything.”

Germany said he hopes more buses will be equipped with cameras in the future.

There are five inside cameras and two outside cameras on each bus, giving different views.

Actually, having cameras on the buses is nothing new for the Choctaw schools.



“We had cameras on the buses 10 years ago,” said Sherry Tubby, assistant director of schools. “ “They were the old kind where you had to go and take the card out. When they wore out, they were not replaced.

“It was cumbersome, trying to get the information you need. The new cameras are digital, high resolution, and it allows us to zoom in and see very closely a situation, if we need to.

“If the school bus has an incident, the driver would mark it, and they would report it to the principal. Then the bus drives up to a Wi-Fi location and we download it. The principal can get on the computer and have quick assess,” Tubby said.

Most of the Choctaw buses are staffed with a driver and a monitor.

“This is wonderful safety feature,’ said Tubby. I believe we should be proactive. There are no negatives.”