On Tuesday, both school bond propositions on the ballot in Bethel school district failed to pass with the required 60 percent supermajority.

On Tuesday, both school bond propositions on the ballot in Bethel school district failed to pass with the required 60 percent supermajority.

For Proposition No. 1, results show 200 in favor (53.91 percent) versus 171 not in favor (46.09 percent). For Proposition No. 2, results show 210 were in favor (56.76%) versus 160 not in favor (43.24%).

“I'm encouraged by how close we got and I'm thankful for everyone who came out and expressed their opinion yes or no,” Bethel Superintendent Tod Harrison said. “This is a great community and I'm glad to be a part of it and we'll move on from here.”

Since the bond issues did not pass, Harrison said the school will re-evaluate their plan of attack when it comes to upgrades.

“We will have to prioritize our biggest needs,” Harrison said. “Some things will be taken off the list. Transportation will be the most important. We still have the sales tax money and we are very grateful for that. It will have to be utilized in the areas of greatest need.”

Proposition No. 1 was for the sum of $760,000. Items that are covered were new band uniforms, carpet in classrooms and hallways of the lower elementary will be replaced with ceramic tile. The old gym will receive updates for choir and band performance upgrades, the purchasing of a new agriculture truck, the middle school will receive new football and cross-country teams will receive new uniforms, along with several technology updates. Textbooks and curriculum support products also were going to be purchased. Both gyms were to receive electrical upgrades along with air conditioning units.

Proposition No. 2 was for the sum of $265,000. Items that are covered in this section of the bond were for the purchasing of new buses.

The school bonds must get a 60 percent supermajority to pass.

You can reach Adam at (405) 214-3940.