The School District of Lee County and the Village of Estero are joining forces as partners in education. Together they are forming a Joint Educational Advocacy Task Force.

The task force will work for both the benefit of the School District and Village of Estero. Its members will find, plan and implement programs, partnerships and promotional opportunities.

“These kind of partnerships are critical to our student’s success,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “They open up a world of new experiences for our children and cement our relationships with the communities we serve.”

The School District has four schools in the Village of Estero. Estero High School, Three Oaks Middle School, Pinewoods Elementary and Three Oaks Elementary. According to the official Memorandum of Understanding, the Educational Task Force will:

  • Create mentoring and tutoring possibilities
  • Promote the development of career academies and job skill programs with local businesses
  • Encourage student internship programs
  • Promote the colocation of future educational and recreational facilities
  • Promote coordination and shared financing of infrastructure projects
  • Encourage the use of school facilities by Estero residents when not in use by students

“It is truly exciting to be involved with the school district and the village of Estero to develop a collaboration which will help meet the needs of the students in the schools in Estero,” says Village of Estero Town Councilor Nick Batos. “I strongly believe that the better the educational system and facilities are the more the students will benefit. I also believe that the better our schools are the more desirable our community becomes both for residents and businesses.”

The Educational Advocacy Task Force is the first of its kind for Lee County Schools and may serve as a model for other municipal partnerships. The principals of the four Estero schools, District staff, and Village of Estero officials and staff will sit on the task force. They will meet at least quarterly to work on their objectives.