The Lee County School District has determined that a new elementary school and a new middle school are necessary in the Estero area due to the growing population. They are seeking Council’s consensus on the best location to place these schools, which they plan to have operational by 2023.
Two sites were under consideration: a 76-acre Three Oaks Parkway site which is owned by the School District and a 15-acre site adjacent to the Estero High School off of Williams Road and Via Coconut Point. If neither of these sites were to be selected, the school district would consider looking for a site out east on Corkscrew Road.
The Village staff recommended the Three Oaks Parkway site as it has the proper permits, is already owned by the School District, can be developed with a careful approach to limit the impact on many of the wetlands (most of which are already of poor quality), and preserves valuable space adjacent to our community park.
Chris Patricca, District 3 Board Member of the School District of Lee County, presented the school district’s position in favor of the Williams Road site but stated the district is willing to work with the Village on either site.
Public Comment: Two residents made their comments made known through the eComment card.
After much discussion, Council came to an informal 4-3 consensus agreeing with staff that the Three Oaks Parkway site would be the best option.
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