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PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID LONG BEACH, MS PERMIT NO. 60 Long Beach Breeze P.O. Box 144, Long Beach, MS 39560 January 24, 2019 • Volume 3, Number 1 • “Good News You Can Use” cont. on page 2 Pepper named LBSD Teacher of the Year The Long Beach School District recently announced that Daniel Pepper has been selected as the 2018-2019 District Teacher of the Year. Pepper teaches U.S. History, U.S. History Honors, Personal Leader- ship, U.S. History Inclusion, AP U.S. History and Credit Recov- ery at Long Beach High School. His experience ranges from being an instructor in the United States Marine Corps, a religious edu- cation teacher at St. Thomas and social studies/history teacher at Long Beach Middle School and Long Beach High School. “It is an honor and humbling being named the LBSD Teacher of the Year among the multitude of great teachers in our district,” Pep- per said. Special to Long Beach Breeze Roses are RED, VIoLETS BLUE Looking for a new home? We’ll find one for you! are LBHS Principal Dr. Talia Lock said she is honored to have Mr. Pepper in her school. “I have never seen a teacher with a bigger teachers’ heart. He was meant to teach. In his first career, he wanted to serve his country; and he is continuing to do that as a teacher. It doesn’t matter the circumstances - he is there for the students in every way possible. He consistently models a strong mor- al character for our students. He is the epitome of what a teacher should be.” Other School-Level Teachers of the Year included Gabrielle Flow- ers of Long Beach Middle School, Rachel Mangum of McCaughan Elementary School, Leah Bloom of Quarles Elementary School and Melinda Perronne of Reeves Ele- mentary School. Special to Long Beach Breeze Daniel Pepper (center) was named Long Beach High School Teacher of the Year, as well as the LBSD District Teacher of the Year. Pictured (l to r) are LBHS Assistant Principal Patrick Bennett, Director of Accountability Lori Price, LBHS and overall District LBSD Teacher of the Year Daniel Pepper, LBHS Principal Dr. Talia Lock and LBHS Assistant Principal Rebeccah Ladner. Long Beach annexation study continues North is the only direction for Long Beach to expand, accord- ing to Long Beach Mayor George Bass. “We have the Gulf to the south, Pass Christian to the west and Gulfport to the east. The only way to expand is north,” said Bass. “There are already some three hundred homes in various phases of construction, with more on the way.” City officials say the hous- ing developments are definitely moving north towards Interstate 10. Astudyin2011was themost recent By Fred Weller effort by the City of Long Beach to evaluate the benefits of annexation. They say this year’s effort is to update the facts. The study recently presented by Mike Slaugh- ter of Slaughter and Asso- ciates and Chad Mask from the law firm Carroll, Warren and Parker served to quan- tify current and projected costs and revenues to the City. The Board of Alderman approved starting the study in Octo- ber, at the Mayor’s request, and, on January 3, with a unanimous vote, the Board extend- ed the contract to determine a more precise understanding of the details of a possible annexation. The study identified several aspects the City needs to consider relating to services, including fire department, police, public works, water, sewer, garbage, utilities and comprehensive planning and zon- ing. The Mayor commented, “This is not quick and easy process, but first we must understand the long- term effects.” The next step will be a second presentation, most like- ly in March. A copy of the study is available at the City Clerk’s Office. Special to Long Beach Breeze