Earlier this month, the Cheshire Town Council tabled a proposal that would have put cameras on some school buses in an attempt to catch drivers who ignore the law that prohibits cars from passing a stopped school bus.
The council tabled the contract with Student Guardian that wouldn't have required any output of town funds because some council members wanted to see if there were other vendors who would offer the town a better deal.
Student Guardian's agreement called for the company to keep about two-thirds of the $486 fine.
But Student Guardian is the only company in the state able to offer the program, director of Maintenance Vincent Massiamo said.
And the proposal isn't about revenue, BOE Chairman Gerry Brittingham said - though the contract is estimated to bring in between $25,000 and $50,000 a year to town coffers. It's a matter of student safety, he said.
"I'm completely baffled" how the council couldn't have approved the contract, rather than refer it back to its Planning Committee.
The school board urged the council to approve the contract at its meeting next month, and urged residents to express their support for the contract.