A project to install video cameras at Northern Lehigh School District's new multipurpose field has come in under budget.

Six companies submitted bids to the district on Friday for a close-circuit video surveillance to be positioned in the Bulldog Athletic Stadium.

Berkshire Systems, of Reading, turned in the apparent low bid of $15,924. That proposal was a mere $198 less than the next lowest bid of $16,122 turned in by Schneider Electric, of Horsham, Montgomery County.

Other companies that bid were CSI, of Allentown ($16,990); Orbit Technologies, of East Berlin, Adams County ($18,345); Wacor Electric, of East Petersburg, Lancaster County ($19,945); and L&S Electrical Construction, of Lehighton ($20,389).

Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation, said the bids will be reviewed. A bid award could be made when the school board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14.

"They came in under budget," Derr said. "We're pleased with the responses."

In February, the board agreed to spend $770,000 for the multipurpose turf field, to be comprised of an artificial surface, scoreboard, and security camera system in the stadium.

As per the motion, the board entered into contracts with Field Turf to install the artificial surface ($699,000); Nevoc to install a scoreboard ($50,000); and another company to install a security camera system ($20,000), to be paid from the district's Capital Projects account.

Derr previously said the district plans to install between four to five cameras at the stadium. Construction of the field could begin next month, with June 1 as the completion date, he said.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of Business Affairs/Human Resources, said in February that the district previously received a $10,000 contribution from the Wasilauski family, residents of the district, to help pay for the scoreboard.

Superintendent Michael Michaels said in January that he was concerned with the surface of the playing field, and added that referees have complained of the field's poor condition.

At that time, Michaels said the board could either choose to upgrade the stadium surface with natural grass, which would cost about $400,000; or, pay an additional cost of $299,000 for turf, which would raise the price for the turf field to $699,000.