Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Suddenly it's Raining . . . Cell Towers in Rockville

Do you know what a strategic plan is?

Do you know that Montgomery County Public Schools has lots of strategic plans on its website?  You just have to look for them.

Here is my favorite strategic plan of the day - it's the MCPS Real Estate Management Team Strategic Plan for FY 2014 -2019.

Everything you wanted to know about why we are seeing a sudden surge in cell phone towers in Rockville.  Its all part of the plan.

Some highlights?

The Functions of the Real Estate Management Team are on page 2
8.  Monitor and analyze Enterprise Fund performance.
12.  Manage/oversee Cell tower lease process
13.  Oversee cell tower revenue sharing
What is the Enterprise Fund?  I thought we had an Enterprise Fund for summer school and adult education. I don't see a lot of recent discussion on Enterprise Funds on the MCPS website.  Is this in the Operating Budget?  The Capital Budget?  Does our County Council know about this program?  Inquiring minds want to know.  

But my absolute favorite is listed under SWOT - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats - (page 6)
  • Communities opposition to cell towers
Really - your communities are a threat?  What happened to the lovely community-school partnership?  Did the Board of Education review this document at a meeting?

We should all thank Dr. Starr for putting communities on the enemies list.  We now we have it in print.

We are so lucky to have Dr. Starr and a REM Strategic Plan too!  Otherwise, the principals at Wootton HS and Julius West MS would be lost.

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