The AC90 has a ton of features including XLR inputs and only costs 1,739. Then theirs the Canon XA20 for $2,200. The XA20 is also feature packed and is a little smaller and lighter than the AC90.. The XA25 adds, HD-SDI output for $2,699. Might not be a feature the school needs. Although it's a little over budget, theirs the Panasonic AC130A. Unfortunately theirs no 1080 60p mode like the prior camcorders I mentioned but it's a higher class camera with 3X 1/3" chips. The price is $3,380. It's also the biggest and heaviest of the cameras I mentioned. I left out the Canon G30 ($1,699) since theirs no XLR inputs. It's true that you can get something like the Zoom H6 for $400 to go with it. Basically something like the Panasonic AC90, AC130 and the Canon XA20 would be good choices since they all have adequate features.
That's if you want a traditional type camera.
If this is going to be handheld by small students, then the XA20 might be the best choice in this case since it's the smallest and lightest.
Price of AC130 is $3,380
Edited by Paulo Teixeira - 8/2/13 at 10:01pm