Lee County School district closer to building new Estero elementary and middle school
LEE COUNTY, Fla.– The Lee County School District is getting closer to building its middle and elementary school on Three Oaks Parkway in the Village of Estero.
However, the project has received pushback. On Wednesday, neighboring residents made their voices heard as the village changed their comprehensive plan to accommodate the build.
“I just wanted the Estero Village to realize we are opposed to the school for a number of reasons,” said Marybeth Ocean, a Resident of Copper Oaks, “Flooding, we’re talking safety of the children and traffic.”
There are 60 acres set aside where the Village and Lee County schools planned a middle and elementary school, equipped with daycare and even practice field. Trees will serve as a buffer between the school and Copper Oaks.
“They want privacy, they dont want noise, and they want to feel safe and secure, as we want the students also.” said Estero Mayor Katy Errington.
On Wednesday, the Village did voted to change their plan to allow a school. Now it is up to Florida to approve the addition.
As Estero continues it’s rapid growth, land has become a premium. The school district hopes that the new school will serve the growing student population.
“We can only build a school when there is demand for the students, so we are over capacity at our surrounding schools.” said Kathie Ebaugh, Lee County School District.
Village officials hope this piece of land will be a good fit.
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