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Informational Meetings
July 2nd
8 a.m.
Harbor View Restaurant

July 14th
9 a.m.
Bankhouse Coffee

July 18th
11:30 a.m.
Bull's Restaurant

Come and learn about the proposed bond referendum and see conceptual drawings of the proposed building designs.
Voting Information
Long Beach School Bond Election August 2, 2018 at Long Beach High School.

Absentee ballots are available at the Long Beach City Clerk’s Office located in City Hall. Absentee ballots will be available in the office during regular business hours and from 8 a.m. - Noon on Saturday July 21st and Saturday July 28th.

Questions and Answers

20 hours ago

Q: Why do we need a new high school?

Long Beach High School was built in the 1950s.  Since that time additional buildings and renovations have been constructed.  The end result is the current building structure with 49 entrances and exits.  With school security becoming a more prominent issue, it is imperative that a new school structure with a limited number of controlled access points is required to secure our students and our campus. 

In addition to securing the campus, the district is currently undergoing an energy audit.  Money being spent to maintain old systems and heat/cool the current inefficient structures can be redirected into the classrooms and into more and better technology for our students. 

 

Q: Why are we going to do a combination build/remodel instead of building an entirely new high school on the property by Harper McCaughan?

A school district’s borrowing power is limited by law.  The maximum that Long Beach can ask for is not sufficient to build an entirely new structure on the additional property the district owns by Harper McCaughan Elementary.  This plan will allow us to build new where it is needed as well as renovate and upgrade what we can safely keep to provide an overall safe state-of-the-art school for our students.

 

Q: What will this mean for my taxes? How will this affect me?

The new taxes generated from this proposed bond issue would mean approximately $250/year on a $200,000 home.  This does not include any allowable exemptions for which the homeowner may be eligible.  Please use the tax links and calculator provided below on this page to calculate how the proposed bond issue will affect your property taxes. A car tag on a vehicle valued at $15,000 would increase by approximately $55 per year.  Please contact the County Tax Assessor for a specific amount. 

 

Q: Will there be an auditorium for performances?

Yes.  The new buildings and renovations will be done in phases.  Part of one of the phases will be to build an auditorium which will be large enough for band, choir and theatre performances for our district.

 

Q: Will there be a new gym?

Yes.  The current gym will remain on campus and be used as a practice facility and for other school-related purposes.  There will be a new competition gym built during one of the construction phases.

 

Q: Where will the students have class when the buildings are being torn down and/or renovated?

There are several options currently being discussed to house the classes that would be disrupted by construction and renovation.  There are classrooms on the campus that are empty during teachers’ off blocks as well as the possibility of using the rooms at LBMS being vacated when the USM Autism Project moves out.

 

Q: What will be done to alleviate the flooding in the stadium parking lot where the students park?

The school district has been, and will continue to work with the city and the county to alleviate the drainage and flooding issues at Long Beach High School.  They are looking at drainage flow and what possible solutions there are that will eliminate the problem.


Q: What is the estimated increase in taxes for a home valued at $200,000?

A homeowner that files Homestead Exemption will see an increase of approximately $250


Q: Where is the information about what this bond issue will specifically address?

We will begin presenting this information at the Informational Meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 6 p.m. at Long Beach High School.


Q: I've been hearing "NEW" school but also hearing it's really a renovation of parts of the existing school.

We are proposing a hybrid project that will add some new buildings and renovate some of the others.  


Q: If this bond passes, when will construction begin?

June 2019


Q: What will the district do with the land by Harper McCaughan since the high school will not be built there?

The district will use the property to ensure we have room for growth in the elementary schools.  Our existing lower elementary schools are aging and will need to be replaced in the next 20 years.


Q: What are the estimated costs for procuring the new bond?

It will cost the district between $10,000 and $15,000 to run the bond election.


Q: Does the district have any bonds that are currently financed, and if so, when do they end?

The district has two notes currently outstanding. The total tax levy on these two notes is 3 mills.   One will pay off in 2020 and the other will pay off in 2029.  These notes are paid with funds received under a different borrowing authority and will not affect the proposed bond issue. 

The proceeds of these bonds were used for multiple projects such as new drop ceilings and lighting on all campuses, except Harper, new HVAC at all schools, except Harper. 


Q: How much goes toward athletic and other extracurricular activities?

All bond proceeds will be spent on the construction and renovation of the High School facilities.  This will include an academic complex and new science labs, an auditorium and a gym.


Q: How was the amount of the bond being requested estimated?

$20 million is the maximum amount allowed by law. Once we had our available resources identified, we designed the project to stay within our means, while still providing a safe, state of the art facility for our students. All amounts are estimates provided by Eley Guild Hardy Architects.


Q: What is the highest millage amount and debt allowed by the school system?

The maximum millage for operations is 55 mill.  The district has been at this maximum for more than 15 years. There are two types of debt limits, one is 3 mills which the district is currently paying back and will have paid back in 2028.  The other is a bond issue and we are limited to 15% of the assessed valuation of the properties in Long Beach School District.


Q: How will new insurance amounts be paid for in the future?

District funds will pay the insurance premiums.


Q: What is the breakdown for the use of the $20,000,000?

All $20,000,000 will be used for the construction and renovation of the high school campus.


Q: Who will be going the work of building this new school?  Did we take bids and check references here?

We will bid the project and award the contract to the lowest and best bidder.


Q: Who are we entrusting with this $20 million?

You are entrusting the school district with the $20 million.  We will pay the contractor as work is completed.  The district is subject to audit at any time and has an annual financial audit.


Q: Why are you considering renovating the ancient high school when the property where Harper McCaughan is located was purchased to build a Long Beach School District campus? 

The resources available will not build a new high school on a new location.  We are limited by law to $20 million and feel that replacing the oldest buildings and renovating the newer buildings is the only realistic way to give our students the safe, state of the art high school they deserve.


Q: How many grants have been pursued to help defer the cost of a new school since school districts are limited on what they can borrow, and could you please tell me what the law is? 

The grants the district has pursued have been used to upgrade technology, replace buses, and add additional instructional staff.  There are not currently any grants available for renovation and construction of facilities for MS School Districts.  We are constantly monitoring the state legislature for any funding opportunities for facilities construction and upgrades.   MS Code 37-59-11 mandates bond elections and 37-59-5 limits the borrowing authority.


Q: So, taxpayers will be footing the bill if this bond passes? If, so, are ONLY tax paying residents allowed to vote on this bond issue? 

All registered voters in Long Beach School District are allowed to vote on this bond issue.


Q: Why are we unable to provide our own ROTC for our children but are able to build a new school?

A JROTC program must be funded from operational funds. Funds generated from this bond issue cannot be used to fund recurring operational costs.  It must be used for the renovation and new construction of buildings on the High School campus.


Q: When might renderings of the renovation be available?

Renderings are now available and can be viewed on this Bond page.  They can also be viewed on Facebook and at all of the Town Hall meetings. 


Q: How many additional classrooms will be added?

Once all phases are completed, the current proposal will create five to seven additional classrooms.  It will also include a new gym and a 400-seat arts complex.


Q: What renovations to existing classrooms can be expected?

All but one hallway will receive renovations.  During the construction phases, the proposed plans may change slightly.


Q: Why was this not bid out?

We can not bid and award a project until we have resource available to cover the project.  We are using estimates on the cost to determine the scope of the project.


Q: How many taxpayers are registered voters? How many registered voters live in Long Beach?

Long Beach School District does not maintain that information.  To get the voter information you will need to contact Harrison County Circuit Clerk.  Only those registered voters that reside inside the Long Beach School District will be eligible to vote in the bond election.

 

Q: Will there be Quality Assurance checks as work progresses and who will be conducting these checks? (i.e. HVAC equipment, plumbing, electrical installed correctly) Also, will there be steps taken to assure there is no nepotism that takes place during the entire process?

There will be inspections and quality assurance checks made during the entire project.  There will be a construction manager that will be responsible for approving all work before payment is made.  There will be a formal bid process that will help to eliminate any potential nepotism and keep the process transparent.   

























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