High School

The Lee County School District, already past a self-imposed deadline of year-end 2015 to choose the location for a new high school in Bonita Springs, is looking closely at two potential sites.

A 67 acre site on Imperial Parkway, just to the west of I-75 near the Hawthorne community and a 60 acre group of parcels on the northwest corner of Bonita Beach Rd. and Bonita Grande Drive are being closely scrutinized.

The Imperial Parkway site was under an option contract with a residential builder, but that option has expired and the owner of the parcel, Tex Development Corporation, is now free to sell the land.

The 60 acre site at Bonita Grande Drive, just east of I-75,  is made-up of several different parcels owned by separate entities, and is almost directly across Bonita Beach Rd. from a previously favored site near the Hunters Ridge community. Residents of Hunters Ridge mounted a campaign to stop the school district from proceeding with that location, citing noise and traffic concerns.

The $57 million dollar high school, the first high school to be built in Bonita Springs, was originally scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017, but delays in finding a suitable site now make an early 2018 opening date more likely.