Festus R-6 School District officials have agreed to buy a security system for its nearly $5 million activity stadium.
The Tiger Stadium opened in September 2018.
Board of Education members voted 7-0 Nov. 20 to pay Forward Slash Technology of St. Louis $14,400 to provide and install seven cameras around the facility, as well as servers, DVRs, software and cable. The contract also includes supply support services and training.
The company submitted the lowest of eight bids for the work.
Superintendent Link Luttrell said the district is buying the security system as a preventive measure.
“We think that it might deter,” he said. “Not that we’ve had any problems. You never know. It only takes one incident. We have a pretty good investment out there.”
Luttrell said he expects the security cameras to be installed over the winter.
“Probably January or February, as long as the weather is good,” he said.
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De Soto was the contractor for the Tiger Stadium, which cost $4,994,500. The project included a new grandstand with seating for 2,900, as well as a new press box, concession area and bathroom facilities. The company also coordinated installation of new stadium lighting.
The stadium project was funded with revenue from a tax measure voters approved in April 2017 that allowed the district to shift 35 cents from the district’s debt service levy to its operating levy.
The stadium was among $9 million in projects that also included a band room addition and high school choir room renovations, which were completed in spring 2019, and a computer lab expansion, which was completed during the summer of 2018. The $9 million included construction costs, architectural work and contingency fees.