Groundbreaking on Gateway High School begins Wednesday

Wednesday is the groundbreaking of Lee County’s newest, most secure high school that will soon be home to 2,000 students with programs like cybersecurity and medicine.

The location of the new school is a cause for celebration and concern.

Gateway High School will be located off State Road 82 and Griffin Drive. SR-82 already gets backed up in the morning and hundreds of students trying to get to school could make it worse.

“You have to leave right like an hour early to be on time because the traffic is so bad, so it will probably make it a little bit more worse,” Temesha McCray said.

With that being said, she knows the school is worth it for when her son is older.

The schools will be capable of holding 2,000 students and they’ll offer career programs in carpentry, cybersecurity, veterinary and medical assisting.

Gateway High School rendering

Plus, families in the area won’t have to go as far to get their kids to school.

One mom says without the new building it would take her kids at least a half an hour to get to school.

South Fort Myers high school is right down the street, but it’s not in our zone so we can’t send our kids there, so I’m excited there’s gonna be something close by instead of a 30-40 minute bus ride,” said Meghan Owens.

Once the shovels hit the ground at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, construction is underway. the campus should be ready to go for the 2021 school year.

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