Three-story Gateway High School still under construction, plans to open in 2021

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Drew Hill
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Rapid growth in one area of Lee County is leading to the need for a bigger school to educate more children. Gateway High School wants to be that model, dawning three stories and is set to be completed in 2021.

Right now, all you can see the shell, the bare bones if you will. But those helping finish the project say they wanna give students something to be proud of.

“A school that you can be proud to go to,” said Brian Lee, Project manager for the Gateway High School construction.

The school is going to be three stories and is supposed to house 2,000 students come next school year. Which is going to help with overcrowding at other schools in the county.

We need the seats for students that live in the east zone, so we are building them as fast as we can,” said Rob Spicker, Spokesperson for the School District of Lee County.

Spicker says he’s seen the number of students rise almost by that day.

Families are moving east but that’s contributing to overcrowding. But Gateway High School is supposed to alleviate that.

“This is going to help a lot. It’s going to help a lot,” said Spicker. “Allow more students to be here instead of in those hallways, spread it out a little more equitably.”

Principal Neketa Watson put on her hard hat to give WINK News Reporter Sydney Persing a tour, beginning with the future weight room.

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