Great news for Gateway and Alva residents.

An official briefing document created by the Lee County School District and obtained by the Gateway Sun clearly shows that LCSD Superintendent Greg Adkins will announce to the elected school board on June 6 that the LCSD staff officially recommend building their next high school in Gateway.

The school district already owns a 55-acre parcel of land along Griffin Drive, and experts have determined that the Gateway site would cost millions less to build and operate when compared to the Alva site.

Now that the Site Selection Committee, LCSD staff, District Advisory Council and Construction Advisory Committee have all recommended the Gateway site, it’s going to be difficult for the 2 or 3 remaining vocal Alva site supporters to find a way to convince the LCSD to build the school at the far away, northeast corner of Lee County where very few students actually live.

Given the recent media scrutiny on cost overruns at the future Bonita Springs High School, district officials have pledged to improve their processes when it comes to managing spending on large projects such as new schools.

It would defy logic to then deliberately select the Alva site — which has 10% of the target student population that Gateway does, as well as no utilities in Alva when Gateway has everything ready to go in a “plug and play” scenario.

Adkins will advise the board of the staff’s recommendation on June 6, and the LCSD board is expected to vote June 27.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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