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 July 19, 2018 • Volume 2, Number 7 • “Good News You Can Use” Long Beach School District asks voters to approve bond issue for high school safety improvements With a high school that was built in the 1950s, and with con- struction of additional buildings and renovations that have result- ed in the current school having forty-nine entrances and exits, Long Beach School District offi- cials say it is time to make some upgrades to the Long Beach High School facility. In an era where school securi- ty is becoming a more promi- nent issue, school districts are attempting to limit the number of controlled access points to cam- pus structures in order to secure both the campus and the students and teachers who are there on a daily basis. In addition, school officials say that upgrades to the Photo special to Long Beach Breeze Special to Long Beach Breeze facilities would allow money currently being spent to maintain old systems and heat and cool inefficient structures to be redi- rected into the classrooms and into more and better technology for students. As such, the Long Beach School District says the existing multi-building campus needs to be consolidated and modernized. They are proposing a hybrid project that will add some new buildings and renovate some of the others. Since the LBSD does not have sufficient cash on hand to finance the construction, the State Bond Commission authorizes an elec- tion be held to allow residents to determine if a tax can be levied to pay for the bonds. An artist’s rendering of the proposed Long Beach High School renovation, for which funding approval is set to go before voters as a bond issue on August 2. When questioned why the dis- trict would renovate rather than build a new high school, offi- Mailed for free to every address is the Harrison County Zip Code of 39560! In recognition of the 71 years the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (MDSFR) has been cele- brated, Bull’s Restaurant on Jeff Davis hosted seven princesses to a celebratory luncheon on Mon- day, July 2. Following the meal at Bull’s, the group was accompa- nied by Shirley Valdez to Tropical Treats, where a frozen desert was provided. Despite inclement weather, the princesses commented they were enjoying the visits to the different coastal locales and meeting the civic leaders in each community. By Fred Weller It has been reported that the MDSFR has struggled financially this year caused by low attendance Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo princesses visit LB Photo by Fred Weller Pictured (l to r) are: Shelby Furr, Bay St. Louis; Brittney LaFontaine, Waveland; Emily LaFontaine, Long Beach; Anna Catherine Kendricks, Gulfport; Bailie Roberts, Harrison County; Brittany Todd, Ocean Springs; Karringten Perkins, Hancock County; Mad- ison Havard, Wiggins. cont. on page 3 cials explained that the school district’s borrowing power is from stormy weather and the Fourth of July falling on Wednes- day. The Board of Directors will be convening after the close of this year’s activities to determine the future of the MDSFR.