For students at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, the phrase "smile, you're on camera" will take on added meaning during the 2014-2015 school year.
During Monday night's Bethlehem Area School District's Finance Committee meeting, directors moved the recommendation of the administration of Superintendent Joseph Roy to purchase additional security cameras for the high school to the August 11th regular board meeting.
Monday night's action dates back to previous committee meetings in January and May of this year when the need to supplement the current security camera system at the high school was first discussed with the board.
The additional cameras purchased "will allow the administration to better monitor the large campus which currently lacks video coverage in many areas," according to documents provided by the district Monday night.
The district will receive the bids Wednesday and they will include the prices for the additional cameras as well as the system integration costs to program and configure the additional cameras on the district-wide video management system.
The quotes will be available for directors to review at the August 11th meeting.
In addition, seven separate medical and dental contracts for the 2014-2015 school year were moved to the regular meeting.
All school districts, whether alone or with other districts, employ physicians and dentists with the approval of the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health.
There is no increase in the rates the doctors and dentists receive, according to the district.
During Monday night's human resources committee meeting, directors heard a report on how the district is preparing for the upcoming school year despite cutting 11 positions through attrition during the 2014-2015 budget process.
In June, directors passed a budget that raised taxes 4.9 percent.