New Lehigh Acres elementary school begins to take shape


LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – While students, parents & teachers are get ready to start yet another school year, one school in Lehigh Acres getting set to join the list.

Its name is Amanecer Elementary, which is right next door to Lehigh Middle School.

“We have been helping design this project from the very beginning to make sure everything will fit in the district, be built on time and with best practices in mind,” says Senior Project Manager Alesha Watchowski.

Amanecer which means “sunrise” in Spanish, sits on Sunrise Boulevard, just off of Homestead Road.

Project manager Alesha Watchowski says construction for the new elementary started back in March.

When it’s all said and done, the school will be home to 972 students.

“We have been involved in a very early point in the game and get to come out here and see it built in front of our eyes is a very exciting time,” says Watchowski.


The project will also include a 200 student station addition to Lehigh Acres Middle School.

Holly Matthews, who will serve as principal for the elementary says she’s excited to see it all come to fruition.

“It is an awesome undertaking to get a chance to see a school created from dirt to walls and to go through all the planning and what it will look like for the students in the community,” says Matthews.

Gwynetta Gittens, who sits on the county school board and oversees this particular district says the school is definitely needed as Lehigh acres continues to expand.

“One of the things that I am most proud of is working from 2019 until 2022 to stop the district from spending money to build in another area when we needed schools here,” says Gittens.

The total cost for the new school is approximately $56,000,000.

The doors will be opened next August, of 2023.

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