The Meramec Valley R-III School District will take steps over the summer break to complete its plan of installing security cameras districtwide.

The school board approved May 16 the installation of security cameras at nine locations, including five elementary school buildings, the new early childhood center, the transportation complex, the technology/maintenance complex and the central office.

Dynamic Controls Inc., St. Louis, was the successful vendor at a cost of $229,177.

“The district’s technology plan has a goal and objective to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff and parents,” said Matt Trower, school board president. “The purchase and installation of security cameras complete Phase 2 of an action step in attaining this goal.”

The technology plan addresses functional and safe facilities under Technology Focus Area Four, Resource Distribution and Use. The objective is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff and parents.

“The sole action step is to explore the addition of security cameras at elementary sites,” Trower said. “The addition of security cameras per this RFP (request for proposals) will complete the district’s goal of increasing security via cameras districtwide.”

Four vendors bid on the cameras — ConvergeOne, Fenton, $120,991; Tech Electronics, St. Louis, $218,137; Dynamic Controls Inc., St. Louis, $229,177; and Tech Electronics, St. Louis, $270,437.

Security cameras were installed in 2014 at Meramec Valley Middle School, Riverbend School and Pacific High School.

Adding security cameras in all elementary sites, as well as other district locations, is a planned expenditure of the Prop K Bond Issue passed in April 2017.