Weigh-in on Lee County school district’s proposed elementary school proximity project

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Credit: AP News.

You have the chance to learn about The School District of Lee County’s plan to keep your child learning closer to home. As of August 2022, elementary school students will no longer be able to go to any school they want.

The District says the biggest differences will be noticed down the Fort Myers-McGregor corridor because the area has the highest density of schools and students.

There is an interactive draft map on the district website. You can enter your address, and it will show you where you stand.

The positives of this change:

  • Fewer schools you have to pick between
  • Shorter bus routes
  • Your child will be attending a school not far from home

“So what the proximity is going to do is it’s going to narrow down the number of options the parents have to choose when they’re looking at elementary schools in open enrollment,” said Rob Spicker with Lee County Schools. “Those choices are really going to be community-based schools. They will look at the schools that are closest to them now.”

But on the other hand, this change could impact the elementary school your child is already attending, and some parents aren’t okay with that.

The District says it’s working on policies and is taking public input, and also working out how to grandfather students into its current schools. As of right now, the plan is still a draft, and there will be four public meetings to solicit feedback on it:

  • Monday, January 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Dunbar High School
      3800 Edison Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33916
  • Tuesday, January 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Cape Coral High School
      2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991
  • Wednesday, January 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Three Oaks Middle School
      18500 Three Oaks Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33967
  • Thursday, January 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Varsity Lakes Middle School
      801 Gunnery Rd. North, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

A final decision is expected to be made by July 2021.

Parents can email their questions and concerns to ProximityPlan@LeeSchools.net.

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