The Board of Education approved funding to pay for the planning and design of permanent lighting on the football field at Malibu High School at its meeting Thursday.

Staff requested $225,760 to pay for the project’s “soft costs,” which include design, permits and agency fees, inspections, management costs and bid costs.

Environmental work will cost an additional $44,886.

According to the staff report, the project’s construction costs are expected to hit $436,520, and will be requested at a future date.

In the meantime, the Malibu community has organized a Field Lighting Committee, and will be raising funds for the project.

The allocation comes at the end of a long fight to bring lights to the athletic facilities. The school used temporary lights for many years before the Coastal Commission forced them to end the practice.

In October, the Coastal Commission approved an application to allow lights at the field for 18 days of the year until 10:30 p.m.

Otherwise, the lights can be on until 7:30 p.m. three days a week between the months of September and May.

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