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Board of Education take last steps towards stadium groundbreaking in Lompoc

Lompoc Unified School District Board of Education

LOMPOC, Calif. -- The Lompoc Unified School District Board of Education takes a final step before the ground breaking of the community track and sports field project at Huyck Stadium in Lompoc on Tuesday.

The board made a vote of 4-0 during the regularly scheduled meeting with one Board Member absent.

This is a critical step towards the completion of the multi-year campaign to upgrade the track and field at the Huyck Stadium.

The project will upgrade the the turf on the field, put in a weather proof nine lane track, provide new filtered water drinking fountains, security cameras, new exercise equipment and some lighting.

This project is in partnership with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and Lompoc Rotary Club.

The Chumash were the first financial supporters of the project and helped get the project off the ground.

The Lompoc Rotary Club was the first local community organization to give to the project.

The club presented an initial donation check for $1,200,000.

An additional $450,00 donation will be provided by the committee upon project completion.

After the months of discussion between the District, the contractor and community stakeholders, the School Board awarded the project to contractor Byrom-Davey Incorporation in the beginning of summer.

Byrom-Davey Inc. is owned by a Santa Ynez native Steve Davey.

District staff were able to provide a School Board action item for the Tuesday meeting requesting and receiving approval of a defined scope of work for the project, a "Lease-Leaseback" agreement with Byrom-Davey Inc. and a guaranteed maximum price for project completion.

The Lease-Leaseback project delivery method was authorized by the state legislature to deliver school facilities on time, on budget and with a reduced level of public risk.

This is the first project that had employed this method.

The project is set to break ground on or around November 25.

The project's completion is planned for May 2020.

The committee is currently planning a grand opening celebration event in the stadium on May 30 and 31, 2020.

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