Photographs are artist rendition of the project. The final paint appearance may appear differently.
At roughly 78 years old, the Pierce High School auditorium is overdue for some much-needed TLC and a longtime project finally coming to fruition.
“It has been quite some time since the Pierce Auditorium was painted,” said Pierce Joint Unified School District Superintendent, Carol Geyer, “I believe it was done in 1991 when repairs were made to the roof – and before that was most likely during the 1980’s.”
Gone will be the faded tan and brown walls, and no longer will paint chips hang from the ceiling.
“The auditorium will be painted in the school’s colors blue and gold, and in an art deco time-period appropriate design,” said Geyer, “we are also removing the old heating and air conditioning ducting and replacing the floor runners and floor lighting.”
The project painting bid was awarded and is estimated to cost the district $70,000. Geyer plans to have the project completed before students return to school.
Besides repainting the auditorium, Geyer would eventually like to replace the dated and deteriorating stage curtains and window treatments.
“The red stage curtain will no longer match the color scheme and is in dire need of replacing,” said Geyer, “the window treatments also need to be replaced as well.”
Though not in the budget for this go around, Geyer hopes that Pierce Alumni would be interested in donating or fundraising to complete the facelift of their alma mater.
“When we started the painting project, I had several people ask me how they could help,” said Geyer, “I want to open the opportunity for our community to give back to our beloved auditorium.”
Not only used for school assembly’s, the Pierce High School auditorium is has hosted community events, school drama performances, as well as concerts and dance recitals,
“If anyone is looking to help, or to contribute, please stop by the district office,” said Geyer.
Geyer commented that the project has been under the artful vision of Pierce Alumn Debbie Charter, and Pierce High School Educator Rebecca Harvey-Rutz, “They are doing an amazing job overseeing the project.”
The current Pierce High School Building was constructed in 1937 after the town successfully petitioned to change the location of the school to its current site. Arbuckle won by a two-to-one margin against College City, The school was built at a cost of $225,000 that included a trustee bond of $125,000 and $100,000 match by the federal government.