Bethlehem Central school board approves bond

Facilities and athletics vote will go to the public as separate propositions

— Board Members Laura Bierman said she was still opposed to the inclusion of internal security cameras in the bond. She wanted specific policies to be written up to dictate their use. Douglas said such policies would be put in place, and added students had asked notifications be posted outside of buildings to notify the public of their use.

“I’m also disappointed a little bit that these, primarily football boosters, felt so strongly about (field improvements) for so many years but they haven’t shown any effort to put any money toward it,” said Bierman. “Whereas other sports and activities have done that.”

Board Member Lynne Lenhardt said she felt the work was needed because over the years maintenance hasn’t been able to keep up with the needs of the buildings because of cuts to educational aid.

If both proposals were passed by the public, annual taxes would raise by about $20 for a home valued at $100,000. That is assuming 70 percent of the project is funded by the state and the district is able to get the current interest rate of 4 percent. The life of the bond would be 20 years.

The public vote on the propositions is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 12. A presentation on next year’s school budget will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

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