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Superintendent Addresses School Cell Phone Tower Issue

San Marino Unified Superintendent Loren Kleinrock said the school board will be voting on a district cell tower policy at a meeting in the near future.

Following up on an issue recently raised by some San Marino parents, San Marino Unified School District Superintendent Loren Kleinrock wrote in a letter to parents this week that the district is in the process of evaluating its policy on cell phone towers on school properties. In response to parent concerns on the issue, a public study session was held last month to present expert findings and gather public comment.

In the letter, which is reproduced in full below, Kleinrock said the health and safety of students is the district's top priority and promised a vote on the issue in an upcoming meeting.  Here is the full letter:

Dear Parents and Community Members,

As you know, the Board of Education held a Public Study Session to consider information from third-party experts in response to recent inquiries from some parents concerning the cell towers that have been located on district property since 2004.

Although the Board will not vote on this issue at tonight's Board meeting, I did want to take the opportunity to provide an update on developments.

The Board is continuing to evaluate the research that was presented by the impressive panel of experts who participated in the Public Study Session. Our top priority has, is, and will continue to be the health and safety of our students. While the towers have been found to be in compliance and well below the standards, we are also investigating all legal options, and WE have been and are exploring possibilities that include ongoing discussions with the existing cell phone lessees regarding the future of the towers.

The Board plans to make its decision in the coming weeks.  We will continue to keep our parent community involved in this issue, and hope to work together to do what is best for our students.

Loren Kleinrock

Superintendent

LYNN November 15, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Uh, no I don't. Wow, in one decision thousands of students and teachers and families will be subjected to RF radiation for thirty years in this city. We are moving out of the city at the end of the year. It is clear for my family what is best for our children and unfortunately, San Marino is not it. I thought it was. I thought this was the place that held the health and education of their children as the highest priority. Sad.
Ruby November 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Indeed. A very relevant quote by Dr. Magda Havas: "A society that doesn't protect its children won't last more than one generation." www.magdahavas.com (general) www.magdahavas.org (academic) www.safeschool.ca
Steve Domier November 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
So once you leave, you'll no longer be using most electrical devices, including cell phones, correct? The levels of harmful radiation from them are far greater than the cell towers you fear.
Ellie Marks November 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Cell towers do not belong on school grounds - period. Most communities have adequate space to put them elsewhere and is perfect 4G coverage a constitutional right? If you want better coverage buy a home booster. This radiation has been placed by the World Health Organization in the same category as ddt and engine exhaust due to an increased risk of brain tumors. Over 1500 peer reviewed studies show non thermal radiation causes deleterious health effects. How can we experiment on our children? Many of the health effects have a long latency period. I hope San Marino makes the right decision.
LYNN November 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Everyone has to make their own decisions. If I had known this tower was at my childrens' school, we would have gone somewhere else. I cannot tolerate this in my childrens' environment for 8 hours each day. Here is the beautiful thing: you don't have to agree with me. We can choose thank goodness! BUT the School Board made a decision that effects thousands of children for decades, thereby removing the choice to attend San Marino schools if this is an important issue to you. No, we can't control all threats to our children. But if I can do one small thing to eliminate a known hazard, by God, I am going to do it.
removecelltowersfromschools November 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
At San Marino High School football field, tennis courts and Huntington Middle School sports fields, the radiation is higher than cell phone radiations that I measured when I placed calls at many different locations. If you are at all concerned about the cell phone radiation, this is worse. I am really sorry for the kids who are exposed with that kinds of radiation for many hours everyday. We are trying to speak up for the people who can't protect themselves. Just because you ignoring it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Cristiane Costa November 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Actually the cell phone (device) radiation only affects you WHILE your cel phone is IN USE, or powered on, while the cell phone tower emits radiation ALL THE TIME, 24/7!!! I agree with the comment, that San Marino School District has other priorities. There are lot of financial interest and money involved and these come first for our local school district. That was our first hand experience ...Personally, our kids are currently attending a private school and we are STILL BEING AFFECTED by the towers radiation due to the proximity of our house to the San Marino schools. We are also considering moving out of San Marino and are hoping that the cel phone towers don't affect the real state market to the worse.
Jay November 21, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Why wait until the end of the year. Just leave now

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