Monday, July 23, 2012
Superintendent David Baugh said he is frustrated because the contractor that worked on the gym hasn't completed the job.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Bensalem Superintendent of Schools David Baugh expressed his frustration this week over the school district's inability to open its new gymnasium to the public, according to a release. But he said the same contractor that caused months of delay in opening the facility at Bensalem High has failed to provide a necessary mechanism. "A climate control piece is still missing," he said. While district staff can manually control the indoor environment and could move students to the older gym if necessary during weekdays, there is no district or township staff to do that on weekends, Baugh added. Plus, he said, the district's liability rises in the event that a member of the public encounters a problem while indoors due to faulty climate control…
Friday, December 23, 2011
Myers predicts late February guidelines; mayor 'cautiously optimistic'
With $2 million coming from township coffers and another $2 million obtained by the municipality from the state, the recently opened $15 million gym at Bensalem High has always been considered a community center as well. But school district business director Jack Myers said this week that it will take a little time to figure out the details of access for the township, community groups and local residents. And Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo said he is “cautiously optimistic” the pending written agreement outlining those details will satisfy everyone who wants to use the “magnificent … first-class” facility. “I would suggest a target date of late February,” Myers said, while adding the district is heading into a “very intense” budget time while …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Philadelphia Private Gym is unique to Pennsylvania, says owner.
The first word in the name of the business isn't geographically accurate. The second word is precise and essential. Philadelphia Private Gym at 2636 Bristol Pike is the only private gym in Pennsylvania, according to owner Pondeli Hajioannou. And that's just the way he wants it. “Nobody likes being on display,” he said. Hajioannou, a Philly native who lives in Andalusia, has been a personal trainer since 1984. He said he worked many years at public gyms before opening his business in Bensalem in 2000. “I couldn't really function in a public gym anymore,” he said. “It's a perfect mouse trap. They promise people one thing and give them something else.” “I cut out everything I didn't like. I don't like having sales people and receptionists. I …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Most recent delay caused by stormwater getting in building.
The Bensalem High School Fighting Owls may get to start their basketball season in a brand new, 45,000-square-foot spectator gymnasium. But they'll have to get ready at the former Armstrong Middle School. District officials on Wednesday provided Patch with an update on the new gym/community center at BHS, which has faced delays most recently caused by flooding during recent storms. “We're optimistic of having our first game on our home court which is nine weeks away,” said Superintendent David Baugh. Facilities director Bob Moseley added that the team will have to practice at Armstrong, which was closed in 2005, because that first home game is the earliest the new facility will be ready. “We're working very very hard,” he said. “A magic …
Friday, August 26, 2011
District official hopeful of readiness by start of basketball season in October.
The new gym/community center at Bensalem High School, whose opening had been pushed back because of late-arriving equipment, will be delayed further after “lots of water” got into the facility during recent storms. “I'm very disappointed by the situation,” Superintendent David Baugh told Patch on Wednesday night. “We're still trying to sort it all out.” District business manager Jack Myers said the water damaged parts of the maple basketball court and also got into the lobby. Some of the water, he said, entered rooftop heating/air conditioning/ventilation equipment and traveled through duct work while more came through temporary HVAC equipment installed in windows. That temporary equipment was made necessary because the rooftop units …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Myers says decision could cost district $200,000
Faced with strong criticism from two Catholic schools and the Valley Athletic Association, the school board Wednesday temporarily rescinded its new fee schedule for use of district facilities, with the exception of small application fees. The board's 7-0 decision to roll back fees to their original rates and study the issue further could cost the district as much as $200,000, according to district business manager Jack Myers. Representatives and supporters of St. Ephrem's and St. Charles Borromeo schools and Valley AA seemed loaded for bear at Wednesday's board meeting. But before it was their chance to speak, new Superintendent of Schools David Baugh announced the administration was recommending the fees be cut in half. But soon the board…
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Superintendent: Main reasons are delayed equipment arrival, work at Valley
There likely won't be a grand opening this summer for the new gymnasium/community center at Bensalem High School, as had been hoped, according to the district's new superintendent. Moreover, David Baugh says, the 45,000-square-foot facility, for which ground was broken more than two years ago, probably won't be ready for students when they start the new school year. “We're still trying to get a CO (certificate of occupancy) from the township,” Baugh said. “I'm pretty certain there won't be a grand opening until after the school year begins.” Baugh said there is no difference of opinion between the township and district. “It all has to do with safety,” he said. “We're not going to put the kids in harm's way.” Baugh said he is optimistic the…
Friday, August 12, 2011
Mayor DiGirolamo gets involved, optimistic of change
Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo says he is hopeful the school district will modify its new facilities rental and utilities fees. The district's business manager says the critics who claim the fees could kill some youth programs probably need to modify their math. “The groups involved have misinterpreted the rates and significantly overstated what the impact would be,” Jack Myers said Thursday. And Myers said everyone needs to realize the district incurs significant costs when it allows outside groups to use its facilities. Last week, the athletic directors at St. Ephram and St. Charles Borromeo schools and an official of Valley Athletic Association said the new rental fees could kill their after-school boys basketball programs. Specifically, they …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Business manager remains optimistic of fall use, despite lack of HVAC equipment
The heating/ventilation/air conditioning equipment for the new gymnasium at Bensalem High School due months ago still has not arrived. But the district's business manager says he remains optimistic the $15 million gym/community center will be ready for the next school year. School board member Wayne Lewis told his colleagues Wednesday night that he had just visited the new structure and found that the floor was being installed but workers were still waiting for HVAC equipment. “We're making progress but we still have a ways to go,” he said. Business manager Jack Myers later confirmed that he had heard the same thing as Lewis: the equipment, imported from Jordan, is now with customs officials in Newark, N.J. Myers explained last month that …