Long Beach voters pass $20M school bond

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Voters in Long Beach approve a $20 million bond, clearing the way to renovate the high school. The bond issue unofficially passed by 62%. 1,577 people voted for it, and 944 voted against the issue.

The newly-renovated high school will be built on the same footprint as the current high school, meaning the school will be built in phases. The scheduled date for completion would be 2021.

Supporters, including superintendent Dr. Jay Smith and Long Beach High principal Talia Lock, say the condition of the current school is not only a security risk, but the aging infrastructure is also causing families to move their kids to other school districts. The school was originally built in 1958.

Other supporters of the renovations include Mayor George Bass and Police Chief Billy Seals. After touring the aging school in May, Chief Seals pointed out more than 45 entry points on the campus, a security situation he says is frightening.

The new updates will come with a tax increase for property owners. That increase will be based on the city's home values.

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