Franklin Park Elementary School to be rebuilt
LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Education has approved the School District of Lee County’s plans to rebuild Franklin Park Elementary School rather than modernize it.
The school district is beginning the bidding process that will lead to Franklin Park Elementary being torn down and rebuilt.
“We are so excited to have a beautiful new campus soon that our community, families, and staff can be proud of for many years,” says Franklin Park Principal Michelle Freeman. “Franklin Park will genuinely be a Community Partnership School! We will be able to provide unique services and support to ensure student success. We look forward to continuing to serve our community!”
In 1958, Franklin Park Elementary opened as an all-black school and was converted into a middle school in 1970 and integrated. In 1977, Franklin Park was renovated and returned to an elementary school, the school district said.
The rebuild was one of the promises the school district made to voters if the half cent sales tax was approved in 2018.
The school district estimated the project should cost around $53 million. All but one classroom building and the gymnasium will be torn down and replaced. Both remaining buildings are expected to be completely renovated.
“The new Franklin Park Elementary School will acknowledge the historic significance this site has served within our community, but embolden us to provide even more for our students and families,” says Chief of Operations Dr. Ken Savage. “For the first time in the history of Lee County, we will be using our partnerships with the United Way, Lee Health, FGCU and other providers to incorporate community wrap-around services on a school campus. Franklin Park will be a true community school. It will benefit not just the whole child but the whole family.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2022 and the new school should open in August 2024. During the rebuild, students will be relocated to a temporary portable campus.