Long Beach Breeze

PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID LONG BEACH, MS PERMIT NO. 60 Long Beach Breeze P.O. Box 144, Long Beach, MS 39560 June 20, 2018 • Volume 2, Number 6 • “Good News You Can Use” G ateway beautification to draw visitors Last summer after elections, Mayor George Bass invited the Long Beach Aldermen to a three- day retreat to discuss and plan the agenda for the next four years. One topic was to promote busi- ness development by making the area on Highway 90 between Jeff Davis Avenue and Cleveland attractive to visitors travelling on Highway 90. The plan is to construct a land- scape with features bold enough to draw attention to Jeff Davis Avenue and lead to the downtown area shops and businesses. In the planned upgrades, Jeff Davis ter- minates at the beach with a focal point wooden lighthouse. Exist- ing wood and sand retainment is Photo by Fred Weller By Fred Weller replaced by brick wall with elevat- ed platform behind. A platform is accessible with ramps from both sides and is heavily landscaped. Artist rendition of Jeff Davis and Highway 90 intersection The lighthouse boasts a nightly LED light show. The Gateway Project includes *Look on Page 2 for coupon! The last time Long Beach voted on funds for a new high school was April 2005. The effort failed by thirty votes, and then came Hurricane Katrina. Recovery from storm damages and loss of student population made funding a new high school a moot point until this year. School officials say increasing maintenance costs and safety concerns with the current Long Beach High School’s aged infra- structure, which has forty-seven entrances and an increased stu- dent population, necessitate the existing multi-building campus be consolidated and modernized. In March of this year, the Long Beach School District (LBSD) By Fred Weller Board President Tim Pierce asked LBSD Superintendent Jay Smith to update the Board on school safety and options available to the LBSD for funding to build and update their facilities. Smith reported he invit- ed Jim Young, Jr. with the Young Law Group to dis- cuss the options. The enumerated possibilities include a three-mil note, capital lease and bond issue. Young distributed materials, and School bond issue before voters August 2 cont. on page 5 Photo by Fred Weller An interior view of doors and hallway Dr. Jay Smith has been named the incoming superintendent for Long Beach School Dis- trict (LBSD). In a spe- cial meeting called on June 7, 2018, the LBSD Board of Trustees unanimous- ly voted to have Dr. Smith take back leadership of the district from which he retired in March. “We are excited that Dr. Smith agreed to suspend his retirement to come back and serve as a full- time superintendent,” said Board President Tim Pierce. The board felt strongly that the upcoming school bond election, the uncertainty of state funding and state accountability measures make it imperative that they all agree in choosing the district’s superintendent. “Each member of the board believes it is essential to be unanimous in our selection of a district leader,” Pierce said. “We are excited to once again be working with Dr. Smith and the entire Long Beach School Dis- trict family to provide a quality educational experience for all of our students.” “I greatly appreciate the confi- dence the board has placed in me to once again lead the district,” Smith said. “I work at the will and pleasure of five outstanding Special to Long Beach Breeze LBSD names Dr. Jay Smith Superintendent Special to Long Beach Breeze cont. on page 4 cont. on page 6 See page 10 for comments from the LBSD School Board President