LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - An update on the upcoming construction at Long Beach High School was on the agenda Thursday morning as local Chamber of Commerce members got a chance to have breakfast with Long Beach School Superintendent Jay Smith. The event was also televised via the internet to several different schools, allowing teachers and students to listen in to the updates.
Back in August, voters in Long Beach approved a school bond issue that will bring improvements to the high school, which was originally built in 1958.
Smith said we should see construction activity at the high school campus shortly after students get out for summer vacation.
“We are looking at construction beginning in June. The bids will actually go out in April, so things are moving pretty quickly. We’re excited,” Smith said. “Right now the timeline is August of 2020 for the academic portion of the building. After that, we’ll have the new gym, and new auditorium, 36 new classrooms come 2020.”
Smith was also proud to announce that enrollment numbers in the Long Beach School District are back to the pre-Katrina figures. He said the district currently has about 3,100 students.