Voters in the Bethel Acres School District approved a $755,100 bond issue Tuesday that will allow the district to purchase nine new school buses.

Bond issues must get a 60 percent supermajority to pass; Bethel's election results were 76.25 percent voting in favor of the bond issue.

Bethel Superintendent Tod Harrison said the proposal is aimed at making things better for students.

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

With the district in a rural part of Pottawatomie County, the need to get students to school safely is a priority, Harrison said.

“Bethel will never be out of the transportation business,” he said. “Even kids that live within a mile of the district, there is not a safe way to get to school. We have to drop kids off near Highway 102. Due to the nature of our district, we need some increased dependability.”

With Tuesday's vote, property taxes in the Bethel School district will increase 90 cents per month for every $100 paid in property taxes.