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New high school being touted as state of the art

Posted at 10:56 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 22:56:40-04

On the eve of the 2018-19 school year, the new Bonita Springs High School is ready for the 725 students who will walk through the doors for the first time Friday.
"I feel like, i'm here from the start, it's definitely different from going to any other school, said 10th year teacher Emily Brown.
Brown says she feels at ease with state of the art security enhancements, including the ability to lock down sections of the school if an intruder enters, and a single point of entry.
"Coming here it gives my family peace of mind and me peace of mind," said Brown.  "It's just something that parents can rest at ease when they send their kids here."
One of the first things you'll notice when you enter the school is there are no lockers.  

"It is definitely a safety precaution," said Principal Jeff Estes.  "When I went to high school, you would always have periodic checks of lockers, the K9 unit would come and do all the inspections."

That isn't the only reason.  Students will access their course work almost completely online, eliminating the need for books.

They will also have access to a hands on learning a nursing program open to all grades, a heating and air class, and an aerospace program.

Classes traditionally offered at the college level.

"I wanted this school to be something that if their was a program or a route for students to be successful, regardless of what they do after leaving our school," said Estes.

Fox 4 will have complete coverage of the first day of school throughout Lee County this Friday.