Peninsula High School’s Milton S. Boyd Auditorium needs an extreme makeover, and Ashley Reid is helping to lead the fight to make sure it gets a much-needed face lift.
An auction is set for 5:30 p.m. March 2 at Canterwood Golf & Country Club to raise money for the project. The club is located at 12606 54th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor.
The current facility gets the job done, but it needs some technological upgrades and cosmetic improvements.
“It’s a beautiful auditorium,” said Reid, one of three chairs of the Peninsula High School Auction Committee. “All the infrastructure is there.”
Tops on the wish list is the auditorium’s sound system — installed in 1971 — and the lights.
“The idea is to do what we could do — sound and lights,” Reid said. “We’ll go from there. We’ll take what we have to use to help secure grant funding.”
Reid was referring to Katrina Smith, a member of the school’s Volunteer Parent Organization, which has taken on the auditorium renovation project, including grant writing.
Other items that need to be fixed include the curtains, carpet, rigging and the facility’s more than 800 seats.
“The seats are in good shape, considering,” Reid said, “but they’re worn out.
“The carpet is burgundy and doesn’t even match school colors,” she added.
In addition, the projection screen needs to be replaced, Reid said.
On a positive note, the Peninsula School District’s four-year, $87 million maintenance levy, which voters passed last February, has meant a new computer and projector for the auditorium, Reid said, but the cables for the lights and sound no longer work, so they can’t be integrated into the new system.
She credited school officials with patching along technology to keep up with the times when it comes to audio and visual standards.
“They’ve done an amazing job to keep it going as long as it can,” Reid said.
But more needs to be done, including the interior of the auditorium, which is so antiquated that parts are nearly impossible to get, she said.
Reid didn’t want to discuss financial specifics but acknowledged it wouldn’t be cheap to spruce up Boyd Auditorium. She’s focused on making sure the auction goes smoothly, as a starting point for raising funds for the planned repairs and upgrades.
“This auction is going to get a lot done,” she said.
She believes the event and the wider effort will be successful.
“It’s exciting when you have a real visual goal, and you know the eventual outcome is going to benefit the students, benefit the community,” Reid said.
More than just a place for school events, the facility is widely used by the community for a variety of gatherings.
“It’s just a staple in the community,” she said. “We want our kids to be proud when they walk in this auditorium.”
The PHS Auction Committee is seeking donations, volunteer contractors, parents and students who are interested in being part of the project. For more information, visit www.peninsulaproud.com.Reporter Brett Davis can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_brett.