Bethlehem keeps modified sports

President of the Hockey Boosters, Mike Cooper, said hockey players and their families understood the cuts and that fundraising would continue the program in Bethlehem.

"It's absolutely viable," he said. "We're very committed to this program and would like to see it continue, and we're going to do whatever we can to see that it does."

Cooper said that when the school budget was voted down a couple of years ago, hockey was completely cut from the school, but the boosters club raised $35,000 in about six months to save the program.

In another rare split vote, the board voted 4-to-3 against sending a third student to Tech Valley High School. Board President James Lytle, the longest-serving board member, Lynne Lenhardt and Downey were outvoted.

Bethlehem's two current Tech Valley students will remain in the program.

Lytle and Lenhardt's terms expired this school year. Lytle has announced he will not seek re-election in May, while Lenhardt said she would seek another three-year term.

The public will vote on the board seats during the Tuesday, May 19, budget vote at the Bethlehem High School. The two highest vote getters will win the seats. Interested residents can pick up a petition at the school district office, 90 Adams Place, Delmar.

To appear on the ballot, 78 signatures are needed.

Transportation Department Director Al Karam withdrew a request for a full-time mechanic at the cost of $58,400 and an emergency power generator at the cost of $20,000.

Board member Lisa Allendorf personally thanked Karam after commenting the week before to a large applause that she would rather keep modified sports than hire a new mechanic.

In addition to the proposed Bethlehem Central Budget and two board member seats in May, voters will also have the opportunity to vote on a $1.2 million bus proposition to replace 18 buses.

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