Lehigh Acres needs another high school, but the questions is — where will it go?
There are currently two high schools Lehigh Acres; Lehigh Senior HS and East Lee County HS, but increased growth show it’s time to build a new high school to accommodate the number of students in east Lee County
“They are close to capacity, both those schools are in the range of 18 to 1,900 students,” said a Lee County School District Spokesperson.
The school district owns property throughout Lehigh Acres.
The district wants to have the high school built by 2017 or 2018, but the price tag is high $50 million dollars.
“It includes the grounds, the football fields, the stadiums and all the facilities you need to house 2,000 high school students.”
Transportation and safety is key in choosing the right location.
The school board has from now until next summer to determine the next site for the Lehigh Acres High School. As far as where the money comes from, that has yet to be determined.
Lehigh Senior High School Student Named In Semifinalists In 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program
Officials with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Lehigh Acres is home to the following Semifinalists this year:
|Christian Dimaculangan||Lehigh Senior High School|
The new bell times have been released for the Lee County schools that fell within the requirements to extend reading instruction.
Manatee Elem. 8:55 – 3:35
Ray V. Pottorff 8:55 – 3:35
Lehigh Elementary 8:55 – 3:35
Orange River 8:55 – 3:35
Edgewood Academy 7:55 – 2:35
Tortuga Elem 7:55 – 2:35
Bonita Springs Elem 8:30 – 3:10
Colonial Elem 7:55 – 2:35
East Lee County High School 2014 Graduation Click Here to see photos
Students at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts will be hosting a pet food drive for their second year.
The drive runs from Monday, May 12 through Friday, May 16.
Last year, students collected 2500 pounds of food and supplies for Gulf Coast Humane Society. They aim to do it again this year. This time, supplies will be divided between Love is Fur Ever Pet Rescue and Gulf Coast Humane Society.
Cardiopulmonary arrest is a current national epidemic with significantly greater prevalence in populations like Lehigh. In regards to CPR, it is universally understood that attempting any intervention in response to a cardiac arrest is far better than doing nothing. Non-response as a bystander is essentially a death sentence for the victim.
Project Community Valor is a non-profit program focused to provide lifesaving CPR and AED training to high school students: a population that is physically capable and universally mobile within their community. Founded and implemented by 3 Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant students (Erik Ridgway, Sutton Spence, and Will Stout), Project Community Valor was a huge success at East Lee County High School this past month! 200+ students were trained and students that completed training earned American Heart Association® certification with a 98% pass rate (some of the students are pictured below).
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will host a luncheon on Monday, May 5th, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater to celebrate the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program’s 2014 graduating class. A class of 32 seniors will be awarded four-year college tuition scholarships, with a value of more than $470,000, through The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools’ Take Stock in Children Program.
“These students have demonstrated through hard work, determination, and a positive vision for the future, that they deserve the applause of the community,” says Marshall T. Bower, President & CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. “They have reached a milestone in their lives… graduation from high school, and they are well-prepared for the next stepping stone toward a bright future, college!”
Friday morning, Governor Rick Scott announced $3.5 million in state funding for high achieving schools in the Lee County School District.
VARSITY LAKES MIDDLE SCHOOL received $97,392 and VETERANS PARK ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS received $140,900 funding coming from Florida Lottery money, the schools will decide how to spend it, but much of it will go toward staff bonuses.
“It all pushes out to the schools. It benefits the morale of the people that get the extra money,” said superintendent, Dr. Nancy Graham.
The money is awarded based on improved student performance on FCAT exams. Schools that raised their overall school grade or maintained an ‘A’ are eligible.
School leaders credit hard work of teachers and students.
Join the students of Lehigh Senior High School Center for the Arts for the thrilling tale of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years’ transportation on trumped-up charges. When he finds out that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the judge who transported him, he vows revenge on the judge and, later, other people too. He teams up with a piemaker, Mrs. Lovett, and opens a barbershop in which he slits the throats of customers and has them baked into pies.
Tickets are $5 students, $7 adults Shows are Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, & Saturday at 19th at 6:30 pm, doors open at 6 pm.
*Note: there is no show Friday April 18th.
Faculty, staff and students “ham it up” at Lehigh Acres Middle School (LAMS) Night at McDonald’s Restaurant on Homestead Road in Lehigh Acres. The night serves as a fund-raiser from 5:00-8:00pm for the school as a portion of the proceeds from sales go directly to the school. LAMS is very appreciative to have McDonalds as a partner in the community.