KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va — Kanawha County School buses will be fully equipped with up-to-date communication devices this fall.

The Kanawha County Board of Education recently approved a purchase for 48 APX4500 radios to be installed into county buses to gear the buses with clear and more consistent means of communication.

The radios, made by Motorola, will come out to a cost of over $200,000, and according to Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Tom Williams this purchase will officially wrap up the process of replacing old radio systems in Kanawha County buses.

“This is to finish up replacing the radios,” Williams said. “This also is ESSER money, which we must spend before September 30th, so this will finish up replacing and putting new radios in the rest of our buses.”

ESSER funds were established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in 2020.

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