The Gateway Golden Eagles?

Gateway Grizzlies?

Gateway Gladiators?

The Gateway Golden Grizzly Gladiators?

Looks like we need to start coming up with ideas for our high school mascot.

That’s because just moments ago the Lee County School District’s elected board members voted unanimously (7-0) to build a new public high school in Gateway at a district-owned, 55-acre site along Griffin Drive.

The decision caps nearly a year-long process in which four committees and school district staff evaluated the site in Gateway and compared it with a larger site Alva that’s located at the corner of Joel Blvd and Tuckahoe Road.

Gateway ranked ahead of Alva in every available metric, meaning today’s decision by the LCSD board was hardly a surprise.

So what’s next?

Along with the mascot the community will be interested to find out the design plans for the school, what academic programs the school will offer, and who the principal will be.

Those questions will all be answered in time. In fact it might be quite some time, since the school isn’t slated for opening until the 2019-20 school year.

On behalf of the families in Gateway, we thank the Construction Advisory Committee, Equity & Diversity Advisory Committee, District Advisory Council, Site Selection Committee, Dr. Adkins, Marc Mora, Gregory Blurton, Reggie Snell, and everyone else at the Lee County School District who played a role in the site selection process for MMM.

The Gateway community is beyond thrilled and looks forward to working with the LCSD.

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

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