A long-standing school building on the campus of Plainview Public Schools underwent a major capitol improvement project this July and is expected to be complete in the coming month.

The Clint Buck Fine Arts Center, located across the street from Plainview High School, has a new look. In traditional Indians’ red, a new standing steam metal roof is under construction on top of the school building which dates back to the 1930s. The project is expected to be completed next month, but students, staff and parents can already see the progress as the building has grown in height since last school year.

“The roof that was on there was a flat roof and had very little slope on it. We decided to put a new roof on it and we went with a retro-fit metal roof, which they came in, framed and built on over the roof. So the old roof is still on there,” said Superintendent Karl Stricker. “The metal roof is on there and it has a slope, which means we are less likely to have any leaking issues.”

BRB Roofing and Manufacturing constructed the roof following the Plainview Board of Education’s awarding the job to the Muskogee-based company with a $314,800 bid for the project.

Part of the project called for new mechanical units, a heating and air conditioning system, for the building. Previously, the units were located on top of the roof, but have been refigured and installed on the backside of the building.

The capital improvement project for the fine arts building, which houses the art, band/instrumental and music rooms, was part of a list of projects funded by the April 2012 bond issue. The $4.5 million bond called for upgrades in technology and security throughout the district as well as the modernization of facilities and the athletic complex.

Since the passage, the district has installed new air conditioners, renovated rest rooms, added more security cameras, increased wireless internet access on campus, purchased new school buses and upgraded bleachers, concession stands and rest rooms at the athletic complex.

Stricker says the district is beginning the 2014-15 school year with the bond projects nearly all complete. The first day of academic classes for the district was Aug. 14.

“This is really the tail end and one of the last projects we have been working on,” Stricker said. “There are a few small things that we are working on, but this was the last big project from that bond issue.”

The fine arts building has a long history with the school district. It was a previous bond issue that called for its renovation to become the fine arts building in 1995. In the early 1990s, the building served as the district’s kindergarten school.

Looking back further, the Oklahoma Historic Society states the building was built in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration that also constructed school buildings for the Springer, Lone Grove, Fox, Ardmore and Wilson districts in the 1930s.

Documents stated the Plainview School was a 10-room, single story building, constructed from heavily rusticated and coursed native sandstone by WPA workers.