Following vandalism at Howard Fellows Stadium, L-P Township High School is investing in keeping it safe.
Wednesday night, the district’s board approved security and lighting improvements for the field, costing $56,845. The security money will pay for security cameras, motion detectors, motion-censored spotlights and motion-detected infrared cameras.
In September, police arrested two 16-year-old boys for lighting a homemade Molotov cocktail, which caused damage to the new field turf. Superintendent Steven Wrobleski said that the stadium is iconic and the district just put down a nearly $1 million investment with the new turf.
The district’s board had approved a contract of $900,450 in the spring for the new turf. The district has raised more than $500,000 in donations for the turf.
Wrobleski said that the board had been considering and talking about security measures for the field before the September vandalism. The most recent September event drove the point home of the importance of getting the right security equipment.