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Pasco district staff hold firm on cell tower proposal at Seven Oaks Elementary



Parents of students at Seven Oaks Elementary School in Wesley Chapel have made impassioned pleas to keep a cell tower off their children's campus.

Pasco School Board members heard their concerns, and agreed to take more time to learn about the potential perils of cell tower radiation before making a decision.

On Tuesday, they're slated to take up the issue again. And again, the district administration is recommending approval of the land lease for the tower, which is projected to bring the district $1 million over 30 years.

Parents, who have collected hundreds of signatures in opposition, have vowed to come to the board's Dec. 17 evening meeting to fight the approval. The board could be hard pressed to oppose the tower on safety grounds, as it would then be left to explain its approvals of towers at other schools in recent years.

It might be able to cite community opposition, which did not appear in large numbers for the other proposals, as rationale if the board chooses not to go forward. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:19pm]


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