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Wednesday, Jun 12 2013 05:49 PM

Aging schoolhouse getting long-needed makeover

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A crew of employees from Sturgeon Services International are painting the historic Standard School building located in Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Sturgeon Services International has donated staff and materials to take on the much-needed project.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A crew of employees from Sturgeon Services International take on a painting and repair project on the historic Standard School building located in Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum.

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BY LAURA LIERA Californian staff writer lliera@bakersfield.com

The sun has damaged the exterior paint of the historic Standard School, but a new face-lift will soon have the school looking like it did in 1911.

Located in Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum, the school is getting a new paint job and repairs, courtesy of Sturgeon Services International, which donated the hours of labor for painting and repairing the school.

Sturgeon provides construction and maintenance services for oilfield companies throughout the state.

The company asked the museum what it would cost to have a company picnic at the museum and the two came up with an agreement benefiting both.

"The price to rent was somewhat high, so we decided that if they helped restore the school, then they could have their company picnics at the museum for the next three years," Lori Wear, chief curator of the museum, said.

A painter estimated the cost to paint the school and settled on a $20,000 repair project.

Sturgeon crews arrived last week to conduct a lead abatement process and this week are applying the first layer of primer. The windows will also get re-patched and primed.

The school will be painted its original colors, which include an off-white for the structure and a teal and light blue for the window frames.

Standard School was designed by architect Orville L. Clark in 1911 and was located on Oil Center Road, now China Grade Loop in Oildale. The Standard School District was formed in 1909 and Standard Oil Company donated five acres of land for the school near Oil Center.

Preserving historic features of Bakersfield like Standard School is a reason why Sturgeon wanted to collaborate with the museum.

"We wanted to restore a historic building that would ultimately benefit everyone in the community and it's a win-win for all of us," Shawna Beaver, safety associate of Sturgeon, said.

The project is expected to last between two or three weeks and the first company picnic will be on Aug. 24.

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