continued If the bond were voted down, the board would then have to prioritize which items should be replaced first, since it does not have the money to replace everything suggested.
“To me anything that’s hazardous is my priority. Anything that’s hazardous to a student, that is something we just can’t wait on,” Stever said. “I like the idea that there are community members out there trying to help.”
The plan would call for $25 per $250,000 of assessed property value go toward the bond. The bond vote would be placed on the ballot separately from the budget.
Bonnano said it was heartbreaking to have to hold senior night at Shenendehowa, as well as expensive to bus everyone there for the event. He also said it was embarrassing to go to schools more economically challenged than Bethlehem Central but that have nicer facilities.
The group suggested the district would save money by doing the upgrades now because of the lower interest rates and the amount of contractors looking for work.
DeMeo said he understands if not all of his recommendations are tackled this year, but he advised the sooner, the better.
“With the economy the way it is, we have to be conscious about how we spend our money,” he said.