Milestone Communications has "partnered" with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). MABE is a private members only club that the MCPS Board of Education joins every year. Annual dues to our BOE? $48,062 in FY 2012.
By law, our local Board of Education is to make decisions about which vendors to do business with through a public bidding process. The MABE "partnership" appears to be trying to circumvent the public process by "partnering" with vendors with out a public vetting. MABE is a private club and, as such, they don't have any public accountability for their decision making. We don't know how they decided to "partner" with this company, and we don't know how much money, if any, they are receiving for this partnership.
Absent, of course, is any public process as to whether parents in Maryland actually want cell towers/telecommunications transmission compounds on public school playgrounds.
Why is MABE subverting the public process?
Dropping the $48,062 in dues to this BOE club is a no brainer.
MABE Partners with MilestoneThe Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) is partnering with Milestone to share exciting revenue earning opportunities with Maryland's School Districts.
Milestone's wireless tower development program earns school boards recurring revenue streams. Last year, the program earned Fairfax County Public Schools over a $1 million.
"Using school assets to create revenue is a no brainer," said Doug Duncan, former County Executive for Montgomery County.
Milestone has been partnering with school districts for over ten years. It has developed over 25 stealth wireless towers.
To read more about the partnership and other Milestone news, download our October newsletter.