Both measures were among several approved unanimously by the county school board Tuesday night.
On the bus cameras, the board agreed to a total allocation of $40,000, with a per bus cost of $1,412. That would outfit 28 buses with two cameras each, which would provide school officials with video and audio proof when accusations of wrongdoing are lodged against students or drivers.
School system Controller Gene Spires told the board that it would have cost about $141,000 to install cameras in all buses, "which we don't have right now."
Facilities Director Benton Starks has said the cameras will be placed on buses before the end of this school year. The cameras will provide GPS monitoring to show where an incident happened.
On night patrols, the board gave final approval to a proposal to hire two safety officers at an initial cost of $137,000, to include salary, benefits, uniforms and vehicles. The uniform and vehicle costs won't occur each year, so the annual expense would be $81,000.
Several break-ins, vandalism incidents and thefts have occurred recently at schools at night, and night patrols will start this summer.