BusinessWeek has named Biloxi as Mississippi’s best place for raising children.
The magazine said its most important factors in analyzing communities across the country with a population of at least 50,000 was school performance, affordability, and safety. The criteria also considered cost of living, air quality, job growth, racial diversity, and local parks, ball fields, zoos, recreation centers, museums, and theaters.
In a story on its online edition, BusinessWeek said of Biloxi, “The coastal city is going through a building boom in the wake of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. It is famous for its casinos, Gulf Coast beaches, and saltwater fishing.”
The report listed Biloxi has having a population of 50,833 and a median household income of $52,786.
Runners up for the Mississippi honor were Gulfport and Jackson. Mount Prospect, Ill., a quiet Chicago suburb with a population of just over 56,000, was named the winner of Businessweek's second annual roundup of the Best Places in America to Raise Kids.
To see the Biloxi section of the report and find a link to the overall story,
Reese named Health Educator of the Year
Coach Michael Reese of Biloxi High School has been named the Health Educator of the Year for 2008 by the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, a professional organization of educators throughout the state.
Reese is in his 22nd year of teaching and coaching, with 19 of those years in the Biloxi Public School System.
He currently teaches Comprehensive Health, is head coach of the Biloxi High boys track team, and assistant coach of the Biloxi High boys basketball team.
Reese was also the 2006 Junior High Coach of the Year in Basketball for Region 4-5A.
Said Reese: “I graciously accept this award on behalf of the administrators, faculty and students of the Biloxi Public Schools, who, like me, strive for the success of students on a daily basis.”
Reese received his B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education from Alcorn State University in 1986 and his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005.
Reese is an active member of several professional and fraternal organizations. Among them are the coaches association of the Mississippi High School Activities Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks of Mississippi.
Broussard to end service to Biloxi Public Schools
Nolan Broussard, purchasing agent for Biloxi Public Schools, will conclude his professional service to the district on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Broussard taught for nine years in Biloxi Public Schools (Gorenflo and Jeff Davis Elementary schools), served nine years as an elementary principal (DuKate and Beauvoir Elementary schools), and has been the purchasing agent for 16 years, the last five post-retirement.
Said Superintedent Dr. Paul A. Tisdale: "Thank you, Nolan, for a job well done!"