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.
All Bethel residents should know how their Bond Measure dollars are being spent in Bethel School District. It has been nearly 5 years since Bethel voters approved the Bethel school bond with a 73% Yes vote.
While it did not increase anyone’s tax rate, the Bethel Bond still provided: Enhanced security, two new elementary schools, a state-of-the-art high school science complex, updated textbooks and computers, replacement roofs/windows/carpet/playgrounds, and much more.
Thanks to very careful spending along the way, there are additional improvements that were able to be completed this summer. Project Manager Pat Bradshaw gives us a tour.
Construction on Phase 2 of the Willamette High School Science/Office building is going strong now that a 63 ton staircase is in place. Project Manager Pat Bradshaw takes us through the staircase saga, and offers an update on the Malabon and Fairfield school construction projects.
Summer will be construction season in Bethel School District with a number of bond-related school improvement projects being scheduled.
New windows will be installed at Clear Lake, Irving and Shasta. They are well overdue.
Fresh asphalt will be laid at Danebo, Cascade and Willamette. The difference will be welcomed.
Improvements in the school kitchens will take place at Danebo, Clear Lake, Irving and Shasta. Good school food is important, too.
Old carpet will be torn out and replaced at Shasta and Clear Lake. Unlike the Portland airport, folks won’t be sorry to see this carpet fly away.
The gym bleachers at Shasta will also be replaced and the school’s restrooms will be updated, as will the restrooms at Danebo.
All the improvements are thanks to the Bethel Bond Measure, overwhelmingly passed by voters in November 2012.
Close to 1,000 new computers have been installed in Bethel schools.
The new all-in-one computers are providing an immediate and significant upgrade to the school computer labs throughout the District.
The difference is noticeable in performance and look. The HP computers have large 21 inch monitors and there won’t be any traditional towers – the brains of the computer will be in the monitors.
These computers have the latest generation processors and HD graphics cards.
New computers for teachers will be coming next.
And it’s all thanks to passage of the Bethel bond measure.