On Jan. 9, voters in the Bethel Acres School District will vote on a $755,100 bond issue for nine new school buses.

On Jan. 9, voters in the Bethel Acres School District will vote on a $755,100 bond issue for nine new school buses.

“We are trying to make things better for our students,” Bethel Superintendent Tod Harrison said. “Bethel is the definition of rural. We can't cut off riders because that puts our students at risk on Bethel Road and Clear Pond Road.”

Before the three new buses purchased using the education sales tax money, Bethel had not purchased a new bus in 18 years.

The current fleet consists of 13 buses, but one is out of commission. With 11 bus routes and only one spare, scheduling school activities can be challenging, Harrison said.

The current fleet has eight different engine models, making maintenance challenging. The plan is to standardize the fleet, Harrison said.

If passed, property taxes would increase 90 cents per month for every $100 paid in property taxes.