The School district of Lee County is reopening the original Lehigh Acres Middle School on Arthur Avenue as a stand-alone middle school beginning in August 2023 and needs a new name for it.
The school will serve sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students in the fall who choose the school during the January 17 to March 3 open enrollment period.
The district has a couple of considerations it would like people to make before suggesting a name.
The history, culture, and people of Florida and especially of Southwest Florida;
The natural environment and native plants and animals of Florida and especially of Southwest Florida;
Notable events or achievements that are associated with Florida and especially with Southwest Florida;
The neighborhood, community, or physical location of the school;
Founders, leaders, heroes, symbols, and fundamental principles of our nation.
Lee County schools are in the process of appointing a principal who will hire a team of administrators, teachers, and support staff. Currently, the school is referred to as Middle School QQ.
You can submit a name for the school by clicking here.
Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. January 26. Then a committee will review the suggestions and narrow them down for a second community input session in February.
The original Lehigh Acres Middle School closed at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The campus went through an $18.6 million renovation and remodeling project in 2022.
New classrooms, new science, and computer labs with state-of-the-art equipment were added, as well as dedicated rooms for dance, music, and art, an upgraded gym, and a media center.
A new Lehigh Acres Middle School opened in August of 2021 on Sunrise Blvd., with students and staff from the original school transferring to the new campus.