Lee school board to revisit Bonita school site

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 22:38:59-04

The Lee County School Board is expected to vote on purchasing a controversial piece of land for a new high school in Bonita Springs.

On May 17th, the board nixed the deal to purchase a plot of land at the corner of Imperial Parkway and Shangrila Road because diesel contamination was found on the site.

According to the agenda, a deal to purchase it for $10 million is back on, much to the chagrin of opponents like Chris Quackenbush.

"Our concern is it has to be safe, it has to be safe for the children, the teachers, and the construction workers who are going to be digging in that property, said Quackenbush, a candidate for the school board.

Quackenbush says she has documents showing evidence of contamination at the site dating back several years before the district considered building Lee County's newest high school there.

"I wouldn't send my child out there to play soccer, or football, given what I know about that property."

Quackenbush says she's reached out to superintendent Greg Adkins, hoping he'll take more samples of the earth, before signing on the dotted line for the land.

"Digging cores into the earth, and they find there are containments and they are able to clean it up."

Total price tag for the project is $70 million.

Fox-4 contacted Superintendent Adkins and several members of the school board about this story but have yet to hear back.

The meeting to address the land purchase starts at 6:00 pm, Tuesday at school board headquarters.