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Hillsborough School Board: We will continue to build cell towers



Cell_tower TAMPA -- The Hillsborough School Board will not comply with the County Commission's request to halt plans to raise any more cell towers at schools.

Commission Chairman Ken Hagan, in a letter to the district on Tuesday, requested "the School Board immediately stay the authorization or placement of cell towers on school property until such time as the issue of community involvement in the decision making process can be addressed."

Parents, particularly ones at Pride Elementary in New Tampa, didn't know their school had a cell tower until it was already built. A community meeting wasn't held until October -- nearly two months after the tower had been installed.

Despite anecdotes like those and the commission's objections, School Board chairwoman Carol Kurdell said the district will continue to build them.

"We’ve complied and will continue to comply with all of the requirements in the County Land Development Code," she said in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times. "We always have."

See also the School Board's response.

Rodney Thrash, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:14am]


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