With very careful spending, thoughtful planning and watchful oversight, Bethel School District has stretched its dollars from the 2012 School Bond.
Bethel residents received a promise from the School District that it would be reliable caretakers of Bond funds. That promise has been kept.
Without increasing anyone’s tax rate, the 2012 Bethel Bond still brought improvements to every Bethel school, constructed two new elementary schools and a state-of-the-art high school science complex, improved safety, updated textbooks and computers, and so much more.
Nearly all the 2012 Bond money has now been spent. Here’s a look at the very latest projects that have recently been completed.
Four and a half years after the voter-approved Bethel Bond Measure, improvements are still taking place throughout the district. Bond Project Manager Pat Bradshaw takes us on a tour of the projects underway this summer.
An extra measure of safety is now visible at Willamette, Shasta, and Irving schools. A six foot powder-coated fence is in place at each school to better secure each campus.
At Danebo Elementary the open breezeways are being closed off with a wall and lockable doors. That will stop the free flow of foot traffic during the school day and after hours.
These measures are helping each school meet the standards of safety that are common at today’s schools, which call for visitors to go through the front office before being able to access the rest of the campus. School safety was not much of an issue back when Willamette, Shasta, Irving and Danebo were designed and built.
This enhanced security measure is made possible by the Bethel bond, passed by Bethel voters with a 73% Yes vote in 2012.