South Carolina's Chester County School District recently purchased an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to serve multiple purposes for the students and staff.
The district originally bought the $500 aircraft to capture an aerial photo of the students for an educational project – which was then used to create a school logo – but it has since decided to use it for maintenance and security as well, WCNC reports.
The district plans to operate the UAV to inspect the roof of a building for maintenance purposes or monitor a school during a security threat, for example.
This would cut down on the number of people who would need to be outside during “big drills,” Jeff Gardner, associate superintendent of operations, told WCNC. The aircraft would “get a complete picture of what’s going on in the school,” he explained.
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