BAXTER SPRINGS — The Baxter Springs School district is asking voters to approve an $8 million school bond issue in order to facilitate several projects, according to a release from the USD 508 Board office.

The Bonds are being issued for the purpose of providing funds to pay the costs to construct, equip and furnish:

• Construction of FEMA certified storm shelters at each building that will also serve as classroom space. A portion of these shelters will be made available to the public outside of the school day.

• Relocate the 7th and 8th grade classrooms to their own addition at Baxter Springs High School.

• Relocate the 6th grade classrooms to their own addition at Central Elementary School.

• Construction of a dining area at Central Elementary School.

• Construction of two additional Kindergarten classrooms at Lincoln Elementary.

In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the total mill levy of the District was 42.002 mills. With voter approval of the proposed projects, the District’s total mill levy is projected to increase 9.00 mills. The following table illustrates the total mill levy for school districts in the area.

USD 508 currently has the lowest mill levy in the area at just over 42 mills. By way of comparison Columbus’ levy is just over 48 and Galena’s is more than 53.

According to the release the new levy would add about $8.63 per month on a $100,000 house.

The issue is up for a vote on May 8.