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Emotional moments at Lehigh Middle ribbon cutting

By MELISSA BILL - | Aug 3, 2021

Lehigh Acres Middle School celebrated opening its new doors to students, faculty and administrative staff. PHOTO BY MELISSA BILL


It was an emotional moment as Lehigh Acres Middle School celebrated opening its new doors to students, faculty and administrative staff. On Thursday, local leaders, Lee County School Board members, students and other members of the community came out to see Lehigh’s new middle school, decorated in its signature colors of crimson, gold, and silver.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Lehigh Acres Middle School, LAMS for short, kicked-off with a presentation of Colors by the Lehigh Acres Middle School JROTC, followed by a few words from Debbie Jordan, board chair of The School District of Lee County; Gwynetta Gittens, board member of The Lee County School District, School District Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage and Principal Dr. Brian Gibson.

Dr. Gibson said this day was a long time coming and signifies a fresh start for the students and the community of Lehigh Acres.

“This is something that has been in the works for awhile. We’ve been patient. We have been diligent with this transition to this fantastic building. I have dedicated teachers in the district who are unconditional, who love children and who truly understand the power of relationship building for our LAM scholars,” Dr. Gibson said. “They provide the best teaching and the best practices to foster a learning culture that meets all the needs of our scholars and our mission.”

Principal Dr. Brian Gibson, speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Lehigh Acres Middle School. PHOTO PROVIDED

Dr. Gibson also took time to thank his admin, faculty, friends and family for their continued support — a moment that came with emotion.

“I would like to thank my grandparents for making the ultimate sacrifice, raising me and my three sisters. Without them, I would not be standing here today,” Dr. Gibson said. ” I also want to thank my sister, my uncle and my nephew who are here today, and my two boys and my wife who told me to get out of my feelings and focus on the end results, and who was patient with me throughout this whole process.”

Following the presentation, Dr. Gibson made his way to cut the ceremonial ribbon with a pair of gold scissors engraved with the words “The School District of Lee County.”

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) Magnet School was completed on July 15, at an end project cost of $54.2 million dollars. The new modern location is spacious, and carefully designed with the purpose behind each classroom in mind.

LAMS is an AVID — Advancement Via Individual Determination — school. Classrooms are all fitted with Promethean boards that will allow for easier tech integration into classes. The middle school will also offer a wide-range of courses, from robotics, video game, and app development, to dance, theatre and CrossFit.

With three stories full of labs and classrooms and hallways close to 15-feet wide, it could be easy to lose your way on the first day of school.

LAMS was the highest selected school in Lee County’s East District for school choice this year.

Both new students first entering the new LAMS, and returning students like 12-year-old Julian Harris who is in his second year at LAMS, are excited about a fresh start.

“I’m looking forward to the school year,” Harris.