Lindbergh student-athletes will have a new synthetic turf field to play on this spring thanks to Prop R improvements that were approved by the community in April. Turf will be installed on the football and soccer stadium following the conclusion of the fall sports season.
The purchase, which was approved Oct. 8 by the Board of Education, follows several months of researching options and evaluating fields on other area high school and collegiate fields. Lindbergh High School Athletic Director Scott Luczak visited several area schools along with head football and soccer coaches, and architects for the district, ultimately narrowing their search to four types of synthetic turf. The Greenfields Woven Ironturf system was the only option with a 10-year warranty, and it is also woven better than other systems, to prevent against blade loss.
"Of all the products we viewed, this product plays like grass and will stand up the best over the long term," Luczak said. "We are excited about the opportunities this improvement will provide for our student-athletes and Flyers fans alike."
The Lindbergh Schools Board of Education voted to purchase the Greenfields Woven Ironturf system on Oct. 8, for a price of $1.56 million, which falls within the allotted Prop R budget and includes installation costs. Installation by Byrne Jones Construction will begin in November.
Cooperative purchasing was used to seek competitive pricing on four turf systems from The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) coop. Use of coops to ensure competitive pricing is a best practice for school districts and follows Lindbergh’s board policy.
Upon completion, the new football and soccer field will be the first completed project made possible by community support of the Prop R bond issue. Prop R is a $105 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue that is funding safety and security improvements for all Lindbergh students. Prop R will fund renovation and rebuilding of Lindbergh High School to create a safe, future-ready campus with a single, secure main entrance, secure entry vestibules at three elementary and two middle schools, and relocation of three maintenance and landscape shops off the LHS campus.