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DCSS June 13 T-Mobile Proposal Agenda Item G

DCSS June 13 T-Mobile Proposal Agenda Item G

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Outrageous attempt by the school board in DeKalb County, GA, to try to sneak an item onto the "consent agenda" in June, just after school was out for the Summer. An action usually reserved for approving meeting minutes or adopting an agenda item, this particular issue that the board did not deem necessary for discussion or public comment involved siting massive wireless towers on 12 school properties without regard to the standard rules of notification or the numerous objectives their districts might wish to disuss. Needless to say, the towers are still being opposed and the school board will soon be the ones wishing they had collectively elected to invoke the 5th ammendment rather than spread their stories around so much that they couldn't keep them all straight!
Outrageous attempt by the school board in DeKalb County, GA, to try to sneak an item onto the "consent agenda" in June, just after school was out for the Summer. An action usually reserved for approving meeting minutes or adopting an agenda item, this particular issue that the board did not deem necessary for discussion or public comment involved siting massive wireless towers on 12 school properties without regard to the standard rules of notification or the numerous objectives their districts might wish to disuss. Needless to say, the towers are still being opposed and the school board will soon be the ones wishing they had collectively elected to invoke the 5th ammendment rather than spread their stories around so much that they couldn't keep them all straight!

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T-Mobile Wireless Tower Placements Item for Consent Agenda, June 13, 2011 Rationale In the fall of 2010 the Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee requested that the school system explore additional revenue generating options. The specific request was to explore the placement of wireless carrier towers on school properties. T-Mobile was one of three carriers that inquired about the possible placement of wireless carrier towers on school system properties. T-Mobile provided the most comprehensive proposal that provided the best financial return for the DCSD. Quick Summary / Abstract Presented by: Mr. Steven Donahue, Executive Director, Plant Services Summary The DCSD will enter into an agreement with T-Mobile to allow the carrier to install and maintain twelve wireless towers on twelve school properties. This agreement does not restrict DCSD to only work with T-Mobile on placement of towers on school properties but is providing access to the twelve locations provided in the proposal and written contract with T-Mobile. Details Three vendors inquired about the possible placement of wireless carrier towers on school system properties. Each vendor was provided the guidelines to submit a written proposal outlining the location, tower details, proposed location within the property and financial terms. In the spring of 2011 T-Mobile provided a comprehensive review of DeKalb County outlining 12 potential school properties that had areas of deficient wireless coverage. In the spring a presentation was completed for the Budget, Finance and Facility Committee as well as a presentation to the full Board of education at a called Committee of the Whole. T-Mobile completed twelve community meetings at each of the proposed locations and provided details about the tower, possible placement location within the property, radio frequency information as well as responded to questions regarding safety. The meetings were announced on the school system web page, flyers sent with students, advertised on school marquees, announced in the Atlanta Journal Constitution in the Metro news section, announced on WSB television and radio. At this time the proposal has been presented to the Board of Education, reviewed by DCSD legal counsel and a formal contract has been submitted for review. Financial Impact The Contract with T-Mobile and financial terms will be determined by the number of locations approved by the Board of Education. Goal #4-To ensure fiscal responsibility in order to maintain safe and healthy learning environments Contacts Mr. Steven Donahue, Executive Director, Plant Services, 678.676.1564 Requested Action It is requested that the Board of Education approve the contract proposal submitted by T-Mobile for placement of Wireless Towers at the following locations: Briarlake ES, Flat Rock ES, Brockett ES, Jolly ES, Lakeside HS, Margaret Harris Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. HS, Meadowview ES, Medlock ES, Narvie J. Harris ES, Princeton ES and Smoke Rise ES. Motion by: _________________ Seconded by: ______________ Vote: _______________ Status Approved by General Counsel

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