Cell Phone Towers Public Study Session Happening Tuesday

The San Marino Unified School District is holding the session in response to parents' inquiries about cell phone towers on district property and will have a panel of experts on the matter.

The San Marino Unified School District released the following Monday:

This is a reminder that the Board of Education will hold a Public Study Session on October 23, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. at the Huntington Middle School auditorium to consider information from third-party experts in response to recent inquires from some parents concerning the cell towers that have been located on district property since 2004.

We encourage everyone who has questions or concerns to attend tomorrow's Study Session to hear firsthand from a panel of experts.  We have actively sought out several experts to share relevant research and findings.  While the Board's decision will ultimately be based on the best information available, we have included a Public Comment period to tomorrow's agenda to give community members an opportunity to remark on the presentations.

We believe that tomorrow's Study Session will be an opportunity for all of us to gather additional information so that we can be as informed as possible.


Dear Parents and Community Members,

The Board of Education and District Administration have recently received inquiries from parents concerned about cell towers located on District property. The District currently has two cell towers, one of which is located in the District's Maintenance Yard, and the other of which is located on the upper west driveway of San Marino High School. The cell towers have been in place since 2004 and 2006 pursuant to Board action taken at public meetings.  In response to these concerns, the District is taking the following actions:

1.         The District has engaged the services of independent third-party experts who have extensive experience in studying radio frequency (RF) emissions associated with cell towers and is seeking out additional experts in this field. The experts will be measuring and documenting existing exposures in and around school areas and the general community, and they will be evaluating the information provided by the concerned parents.  Part of the evaluation will include a review of scientific studies, as well as the latest scientific advisory reports from recognized experts, both individuals and organizations.

2.         The cell carriers that own the towers have been contacted and asked to provide the District with recent Site Compliance Reports.

3.         The Board of Education will hold a Public Study Session on October 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the Huntington Middle School auditorium to review the following:

            a.         Reports from third-party experts including, but not limited to, a report detailing RF exposure levels and test results, reviewing scientific studies and reports, as well as evaluating data provided by parents.

            b.         Report regarding the status of other school districts and their position on cell phone towers;

            c.         Report regarding the status of the agreements with the cell carriers as well as potential legal exposure and liability should the agreements be terminated; and,

            d.         Report regarding budgetary consequences to District educational programs if cell towers are removed.

This Study Session will also provide an opportunity for public comments.

4.         The Board of Education will consider all of the information in its evaluation of the cell towers located on District property.  

Lynn October 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM
EVERYone please GO TO THIS! Listen for yourself, make your own decision about wanting your child to go to a school with a cell tower beside its playground, or tell the SMUSD to remove it!
Mimi October 23, 2012 at 07:10 AM
There was NO PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF THE CELL TOWER APPLICATIONS FOR ANY OF THE SMUSD CELL TOWERS. The large cell tower at Huntington Middle School was sneaked in during a Christmas break. My son and I were shocked to see it there when he returned from holiday to Huntington Middle School. If I had been notified of the proposed cell tower I would have DISAPPROVED of the building of any cell site on any SMUSD campus. Once SMUSD signed the cell tower lease, it allowed cell tower proliferation at the campuses that have a cell tower because of a California state law that requires co-location on existing cell towers. It is the law that you have to allow equal access to all Wireless carriers. I don't want my property value to decline because SMUSD has become less desirable because of a real or even perceived danger to the students of SMUSD from the RF emissions emitted from the cell towers. I would like to see the current cell sites dismantled and taken away so that the SMUSD CAMPUSES CAN BE CELL TOWER FREE.
Melissa October 23, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Everyone who has questions or concerns should come tonight to hear the truth firsthand. The OPEN and PUBLIC hearings to discuss and approve the cell phone contracts were held on July 2004 and May 2006.


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