On Wednesday, four of nine new school buses arrived at Bethel Schools.

On Wednesday, four of nine new school buses arrived at Bethel Schools.

In January, voters in the Bethel Acres school district approved a $755,100 bond issue that allowed the district to purchase nine new school buses.

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 Bethel's portion of education sales tax money, Bethel had not purchased a new bus in 18 years, he said.

Now the district is purchasing nine new buses. With the 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.”