Local school district announces big changes aimed at safety on school buses

Pasco County says it will add 60 digital recorders

It was the only incident caught on tape, but it wasn't the first time a parent accused aide James Lambert of hitting or harassing a disabled student on the bus.

In June, Lambert lost his job and landed in jail after slapping 10-year-old Jeffrey Lamb across the face. The I-Team combed through Lambert’s employment file and found five complaints dating back to 2011. In two of those cases, documents we obtained show there was no video on the bus and no way to prove the allegation.

After Lambert's arrest, Pasco's transportation director told the I-Team he put in a special budget request for more than $400,00 for new cameras.

I confirmed with district officials Tuesday that the school board has just approved $60,000, enough to upgrade 60 of the old VCR systems in buses to digital recorders.

About 110 of the nearly 400 school buses that ferry children to and from school every day in Pasco County will soon be equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance systems.

School officials say the VCRs that are broken will be the first to be replaced. The upgrades will be taking place over the next several months.

In Hillsborough and Pinellas counties all school buses are equipped with digital cameras.