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By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A planned reconfiguration of the music wing as part of the remodeling of Penn-Trafford High School will increase the available space for music programs by about 850 square feet, the district's architect said this week.

Plans for the wing — and other sections of the building — have developed over the course of meetings involving staff members and district consultant Hank Tkacik of Axis Architecture.

District officials addressed the area for music programs on Monday night because Thomas Schwaderer of the band parents association said students and parents were concerned the band would be losing space for practice and storage.

After meeting with the music teachers on Jan. 2, the proposed area now includes a practice space that would be 82 feet long, an 846-square-foot storage area for the color guard and 842 more square feet in the existing preschool area, Tkacik said.

The plans would lead to a substantial increase in space for the band program, he said.

“The whole plan is in a stage of flux,” Tkacik said. “As we continue these teachers meetings, we continue to try to address the concerns and work within the parameters of the scope and the budget. We can't add (even more) space to that area because of budget constraints, but we can rearrange things as needed to best suit all of the parties available.”

Another change would provide a separate entrance and exit to the band uniform room.

Schwaderer exhaled with relief when he heard that.

“Right now, it's absolute mayhem because there's one way in and one way out, and we've got 100 kids trying to get their uniforms,” he said.

High school Principal Scott Inglese said that Tkacik has had three rounds of meetings with teachers to determine their needs and wants as he refines the architectural drawings for the project.

“We are doing our best to get the input from the staff to make the right decision to do what we can with Hank, but there are limitations with budget and space that sometimes you have to make some tough decisions,” he said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or

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