Monday, November 10, 2014

Nov. 11th 7 PM Meeting - Clemente MS to put Outside Contractors on Playground

Just what MCPS schools need, more strangers on public school property.  
Cell towers bring many contractors and sub-contractors on to public school playgrounds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It doesn't matter if school is in session or if students are on the fields. Cell tower workers and diesel fuel truck drivers show up on public school grounds unsupervised. 
On Tuesday, November 11th the Clemente Middle School principal will present Superintendent Joshua Starr's plan for a cell tower compound on the Clemente playground.  The meeting starts at 7 PM.
Tuesday – November 11, 2014, 7 - 9pm
PTSA TownHall - Cell Tower Proposal at RCMS - Roberto Clemente MS is a proposed new location for a cell phone tower. A parent information meeting will be held on November 11, 2014 at 7pm in the RCMS cafeteria to hear about the proposal and decision making process. Feeder elementary families are especially invited because a percentage of the annual generated revenue is allocated to the local elementary schools. Please come out and hear the pros and cons to this proposal. Let your voice be heard!


  1. Cell service works find in and around the immediate area of RCMS. What the heck is a new cell tower needed for there? Makes no sense, and every parent should be against this. Especially since RCMS is horrible at letting parents know of any incidents, and tries to sweep them under the rug. I can't even imagine if we have complete strangers on school grounds, of what could happen, and the school will never tell us about!

  2. Is this what they mean when they say: Leveling the play field?

  3. Taken on it's own, I can understand the RCMS's desire to increase revenue by adding the cell tower. But in the context of their recent failure to notify parents of alleged sexual abuse of children involving their staff, I think they should reconsider it, or at least schedule the construction to occur during summer break. Scheduling maintenance to occur well after the school day would also be a step in the right direction, assuming the plan to build the tower goes forward.

    1. Terrance,
      Thanks for your reply. It isn't about the construction of the cell tower, it is about its very existence. A cell tower is a working facility that needs constant maintenance and MUST be available to the many cell tower companies that use the tower 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, the cell tower will utilize a back up diesel powered generator that must be tested frequently and the diesel fuel must be refilled. Trucks, workers, diesel fuel trucks will be making constant visits to the cell tower all year long, even during the school day. We know from Daly Elementary School (has a cell tower on the playground) that the cell tower workers will DRIVE right on to the playground DURING RECESS! It's already happening at Daly ES. It's not a guess, it's a fact of how cell towers impact public school playgrounds.
      Cell towers are commercial HAZMAT facilities. Should they be on public school playgrounds?


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