Lee High School to reopen

Lee High School to reopen

POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 9:31pm

Lee High School is reopening its doors. It was closed back in the summer of 2009 after fears it would be taken over by the state Department of Education. Heather Hogue is a recent graduate.

"I think it's great. I was sad to see it go. I actually came to the Lee High funeral. [I] kind of mourned the death of the school. I'm very excited. I think this is a great neighborhood and we could certainly use another good school," says Heather Hogue.

A new school would help relieve overcrowding at schools like McKinley and Woodlawn. Those were two of the schools that took on some of Lee's students after it closed. three years ago. That's not the only reason the new school is needed though.

"We want to make sure that we maintain the facility, keep it safe for the community that's in that particular geographical area of our city...And we see this as an opportunity for us to really seize the moment to create a school the city has never seen before," says Interim Superintendent Carlos Sam.

For now, that school is expected to teach about 400 or 500 eighth through twelfth graders. What exactly they'll teach or who'll get to attend it are still up in the air. Some of these questions will begin to get answered at a school board meeting on Thursday night.

"We want the community to help design it, tell us how they envision those specialized programs, envision the curriculum. What type of parental involvement they might see," says Sam.

But Hogue is just happy the school's reopening is right around the corner.

"When Lee High originally closed, of course, it was kind of sad. My alma mater [was] no longer in existence. And with this area I just think that it's going to be such a boost to keep this area going," says Hogue.

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I am glad to see it re-used but Lee is an old building that needs more restrooms. Also, I believe it has an asbestos problem which I hope they have taken care of. It looks like where I went to school in the 1960s. One issue, however. 8th graders should not be in the same school with high school kids. The girls are developed and hormonal but have the judgment of children and will try to date the high school boys. Quality systems separate even 9th graders.This is not a good idea.

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