Posted at: 03/13/2013 12:00 AM
By: Dan Levy
BETHLEHEM - It was a split decision from Bethlehem voters on Tuesday, approving a $20.2 facilities bond issue, but turning thumbs down to a separate $3.5 million proposition that would have financed a synthetic turf athletic field and a new 8-lane running track.
The larger, approved bond will cover a new roof for the high school, computer upgrades, and a security surveillance system.
Voter turnout was heavy and constant throughout the day, as more than 4,600 Bethlehem residents weighed-in.
"We take direction from the community," said Bethlehem Schools Superintendent Thomas Douglas. "Tonight with Proposition 1, the community says we should go forward with a lot of major construction projects that will help preserve the future of the school district."
The facilities bond passed 2,614 (56.46%) to 2,016 (43.54%).
The field project was rejected 2,996 (64.71%) to 1,634 (35.29%)