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Penn-Trafford coach decries lack of tennis courts

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A second Penn-Trafford coach is calling on the school board to improve conditions for the district's athletes.

High school boys tennis coach Linda Michaux encouraged the school board to install two more tennis courts. She said Penn-Trafford might be the only district in Section 1-AAA that has only three courts. Schools need to have five courts to run five matches simultaneously, she said.

Three parents of tennis players — including Rosemarie Stashko, who coaches the Plum tennis teams — said the district also should improve the quality of the existing 42-year-old courts.

The call for new courts was similar to high school swimming coach Dave Babik's comments to the board in January that swimmers from other district “call our pool a dump.” Michaux said “it really is kind of an embarrassment” when visiting tennis teams come to P-T.

“Only having three courts is just not heard of,” said Michaux, a retired teacher.

The addition of two tennis courts and 24 parking spaces is one of the alternates for which school officials are soliciting bids as part of the high school remodeling project. The district's consultants estimate that would cost $193,988.

Another alternate is the installation of a new pool heater, which is estimated to cost $58,350.

The school board is scheduled to award contracts for the project — the price of which officials have capped at $32 million — at its June 19 meeting.

2015 graduation

Next year's high school graduation ceremony won't conflict with a popular softball tournament.

On Monday, the school board set the 2015 graduation date for May 21, the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend.

This avoids another overlap with the tournament at Penn Township Municipal Park.

This year's graduation ceremony will be the second straight on the same evening as the start of the tournament, which has been held on Memorial Day weekend for several years.

Meal prices

District officials are adjusting some of the meal prices next year.

The cost of lunches will increase by a nickel for both elementary and secondary students. In the fall, prices will be $2.15 for elementary students and $2.50 for secondary students.

The following meals will cost the same: breakfast, $1.30; reduced breakfast, 30 cents; and reduced lunches, 40 cents.

A half pint of white or chocolate milk still will cost 70 cents.

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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