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Penn Hills School District will bid out new tennis courts, Linton track surface

Patrick Varine | Penn Hills Progress
The existing tennis courts at Linton Middle School, which are cracked and without nets. School board officials voted in favor of advertising for bids to build new tennis courts.

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Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 8:31 p.m.

Penn Hills School District officials will solicit bids for a new track surface at Linton Middle School and for new tennis courts.

The board authorized Business Director Richard Liberto late last month to solicit bids for both projects.

District construction manager Dennis Russo said this spring that during contracted engineering firm Architectural Innovations' final design phase, the tennis courts “were eliminated from the budget and from the design of the project.”

Joseph Spagnuolo, director of architecture at Architectural Innovations of Ross Township said tennis courts were never a component of the new high-school project.

“It was not included in the scope of work identified in the April 2009 districtwide facility study,” Spagnuolo wrote in an email to the Progress.

“The new high school project budget was presented to the general public during the Act 34 hearing in March 2010; tennis courts were not included in the presented scope of work.”

Spagnuolo added that the district gave “some consideration” to new tennis courts as part of a separate athletic-fields project that was discussed between December 2010 and June 2011, “however, Architectural Innovations was not given final authorization to proceed with the project.”

Russo said a final decision on the placement of the courts has not yet happened.

“There's actually two or three locations where we could fit them on the Phase II portion of the new high school site,” he said.

“I don't know precisely where it's going to be yet, but it will be up in the area of the high-school parking lot and the baseball field.”

Also up in the air is how the cost will be borne.

This past February, residents and school officials including Athletic Director John Peterman attended a Penn Hills Parks and Recreation meeting to discuss the possibility of bringing tennis courts back to Penn Hills. Existing courts at Linton Middle School and in Universal Park are in a state of disrepair.

Both municipal and school officials expressed interest at that time in possibly splitting the cost of new tennis courts.

Municipal Manager Moe Rayan, however, said that the municipality “was never formally approached regarding plans for high school tennis courts,” and they have no current plans to share the cost.

The Penn Hills tennis team has been forced to travel by bus to Boyce Park for practice, as they have no district courts.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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