Gateway Excessive Faculty is about to open its doorways subsequent yr with new expertise meant to maintain it protected.
Officers celebrated its ribbon-cutting on Wednesday. The varsity can be residence to 1,200 college students. It’s designed with pupil security in thoughts.
New expertise put in is concentrated on safety after the taking pictures at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Faculty.
The safety begins at an old style guard gate as the one level of entry the place individuals can’t get in with an ID.
The most recent safety cameras have guests in view earlier than they even enter the varsity.
Lee County designed the varsity in order that if something occurs, lecturers, college students and workers can keep protected.
That’s excellent news for Jaeden Browning and Ashley Carcamo-Najera, two ninth-graders set to start their highschool profession on the new faculty subsequent yr.
“I simply needed to be part of the custom and the group,” Browning mentioned.
Browning and Carcamo-Najera gave up their old fashioned, previous pals, to begin yet again at Gateway Excessive Faculty.
“It was exhausting at first, contemplating we didn’t know one another,” Carcamo-Najera mentioned.
A cheerleader, Carcamo-Najera is used to taking leaps of religion. However she already feels safe on the new faculty.
“If something occurs, they’ll be there to fall again on,” she mentioned.
On high of the county’s latest safety system, inside every classroom, lecturers can talk with the workplace and not using a cellphone.
Security lets college students deal with all the packages Principal Neketa Watson constructed into the varsity.
“Coming from a center faculty and one of many oldest center colleges in Lee County. So it’s undoubtedly vital to have a cutting-edge constructing with excessive tech safety, excessive tech cameras,” Watson mentioned.
The varsity opens on Aug. 10. The constructing can accommodate 2,000 college students.
“I need to stand out and be the primary class of 2024,” Browning mentioned.
“Now we’re all like an enormous nice household,” Carcamo-Najera mentioned.