Voters in the Bethel Acres School District overwhelmingly 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.

Voters in the Bethel Acres School District overwhelmingly 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.

Election results show 366 voted yes, while 114 voted no, or 23.75 percent. A total of 480 voters cast a ballot in Tuesday's election.

Bethel Superintendent Tod Harrison was excited about the election results and said the proposal was aimed at making things better for students; the community's feedback ahead of the election was positive.

“This community — we're very thankful for their overwhelming support for our kids,” Harrison said.

Before three new buses were purchased using the education sales tax money, Bethel had not purchased a new bus in 18 years, he said. Now the district can purchase nine new buses. With that plan, and using future education tax funds every few years for new buses, Harrison said they shouldn't get into the same predicament again.

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.”

Harrison said students, as part of a class project, even became involved in helping get the word out about the bond issue.

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