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New Bethlehem school board gets down to business

School board member Lynne Lenhardt recalled the last time Bethlehem discussed redistricting and recalled some of the more tense moments at school board meetings.

"I remember someone wanting to throw a shoe at the board," Lenhardt said. "It's very emotional."

Hamlin, a Delmar resident said Versa Trans has worked on redistricting in the Shenendohowa school district three times over the last 10 years.

"At the end of the day, this is a process that doesn't make everyone happy," said Hamlin.

The school board tentatively scheduled Oct. 30 as the date for a public referendum vote on Excel Aid. There is $3.5 million available to the district for projects that fit the state's criteria for funding.

"Physical expansion, handicap accessibility, health and safety issues, energy savings, and technical infrastructure, are the state's five categories," said Richard Peckham of Collins/Scoville architects, designers of overall district construction.

The funding, if approved by the community, will pay for eight new classrooms at Eagle Elementary and to help maintain balanced classroom sizes throughout the district for the expanded full-day kindergarten.

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