City Councilman Jared Brossett said a law passed in 2010 allows the New Orleans Police Department to contract with three entities — the Recovery School District, the Orleans Parish School Board, and Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education — to put traffic cameras on their buses for bus stop sign enforcement.
The proposed amendment would allow for individual charter groups to enter into their own contracts individually, Brossett said at a recent meeting of the council’s transportation committee.
“Because the bus contracts are held by the charter organizations, it’s opening it up for that to be contracted directly,” said Tracy Mercadel, executive director of site services of the Algiers Charter School Association, said.
Mercadel said the contracts will still be overseen by NOPD.
“It still has to be managed by the city with the New Orleans Police Department so it’s nothing changing. It’s just opening an opportunity for the charter groups,” Mercadel said.
Councilman Jason Williams said that he supports the amendment and referred to other parishes that have already implemented it.
“It’s being executed in Jefferson Parish and some other parishes as well with great success,” Williams said. “I think it only makes the protection of our children more robust and so I’m definitely in support of this.”
Brossett said that he believes it will provide more safety for children riding the school buses.
“We definitely want our children to be safe disembarking school buses and glad that we can put this forth to the full council,” Brossett said.
With the unanimous Transportation Committee vote, the amendment will be brought forth to full City Council for a final decision.