Tonawanda News

The City

March 1, 2013

FALLING FLAT

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Tonawanda News — “We believe the third option is the best,” Brady said. “We are proud of the addition, we think it looks spectacular, but the contractors told us it will cost more than we expected.” 

Wendel representatives detailed how they would renovate the existing rooms, but said they are still figuring out if those renovations are even possible. 

Renovations would likely include expanding the length and width of the choral room and raising the roof of the band room to improve storage and acoustics. 

Christopher Taylor, the head of the middle school band, said he talked to his staff and said the music teachers, are all OK with the plan to renovate the existing rooms.

Many of the attendees Thursday seemed to agree with Brady, and believed renovating the existing rooms is the best option. 

“Living in a community with a fixed incomes, I’d like to see the third option be looked into,” Tonawanda resident and former councilman Rick Davis said. 

If the district decides to go ahead with the plan to renovate the music rooms, Brady said the plans would “probably not” have to be resubmitted to the state Department of Education — an approval process that takes months. 

Pike Co. recommended that the board move ahead with the construction for the stadium so that it is complete on time before the football season. Ciminelli said the changes to the music wing would likely set the project back, but not significantly.

“It was supposed to be done in November, and they do have to redesign — but we are hoping to go out to bid at the end of the summer and do all of the work in the fall to be done by Christmas,” she said. 

The board didn’t take any action Thursday and will continue to consider the options before making a final decision. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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