LEE COUNTY - A landmark Lee County high school is about to get a major face-lift.
The Lee County School board approved a whopping $35 million project to improve Dunbar High School.
The paint on the sign might be fading at the aging school but that's about to change.
"I think the expansion is an incredible opportunity for our students," said Dunbar High School Principal Carl Burnside.
Burnside is pumped for what's in store. The board voted to spend nearly $35 million to upgrade to building by installing a second flood and adding new furniture, fixtures and equipment.
"Now we will be a facility," said Burnside, "that will match the high tech capacity of all of our programs."The nationally recognized high school specializes in teaching science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke says it's an investment not just for the kids but for the Dunbar community.
"I think it's a good investment for us," said Burke. "I think it's a good investment for that section of the city.""Now absolutely is the right time," said Burnside. "Because the population in the east and south zones are going to increase."
The school currently has 970 students. That number is expected to nearly double after the expansion. But a time when they are not at capacity, Fox 4 asked if now is the right time to be thinking about expanding.
Board Chair Mary Fischer says the money for the project will come out of capital funds and no programs will be cut to pay for the project.
"There will be no services cut," said Fischer. "We need high school seats and this is really a more economic way of doing it and also boosts our community."
Dunbar High School is scheduled to have an open house on Wednesday.
Construction could begin early this year and is slated to end by December 2014.
Dunbar High School