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

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

Polls in the Bethel district will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 9.

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.”

The current fleet consists of 13 buses. With 11 bus routes and only two spares, scheduling school activities can be challenging, Harrison said.

Of those 13 buses, the current fleet has eight different engine models, making maintenance challenging. The plan is to standardize the fleet, Harrison said.

The buses are made by International in their Tulsa plant.

School bond issues must pass with a 60 percent supermajority. If this proposal is passed, property taxes in the Bethel School district would increase 90 cents per month for every $100 paid in property taxes.

Jeannie Stover, Secretary of the Pottawatomie County Election Board, urges voters to take their voter identification cards with them to the polls.

“Your voter ID card (issued by the County Election Board) can help precinct officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the Registry for some reason,” Stover said. Alternatively, voters can bring an unexpired photo ID card issued by the U.S. government, the state of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.

Voters without ID, or whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or voters who disagree with the information shown in the Registry, may always cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter’s information can be verified by the County Election Board.

The following precincts will be part of Tuesday's election:

• Precinct 2: Calvary Baptist Church, 214 W. Farrall

• Precinct 9: Redeemer Luther Church, 39307 MacArthur.

• Precinct 22: Bethel Acres Assembly, 18509 Bethel Road.

• Precinct 25: Church of Christ Lakeview, 15301 Highway 102.

• Precinct 26: Bethel Acres Assembly, 18509 Bethel Road.

• Precinct 29: Tecumseh City Hall, 114 N. Broadway.

Sample ballots for this election are available at the Pottawatomie County Election Board office or online on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.