POLL: Cellphone towers at local schools?

Posted at 12:18 AM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 00:18:36-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)--A week after Henrico schools approved a controversial plan to install a cell phone tower near a middle school; another company is pitching a similar idea to Richmond schools.

The Richmond School Board heard a presentation tonight from Crown Castle, a nationwide tower company.

A company representative talked to board members about allowing them to build cell towers on school properties around the district.

Scott Cheek, Crown Castle's director of business development, said erecting cell phone towers helps the district make money and improves wireless service.

He also told board members they are aware of the opposition from parents because of health concerns.

Cheek said they have hundreds of tower sites on school property across the country and would have public hearings to address parent's safety concerns and answer their questions.

He said their services or infrastructure would come at no cost to the school district.

Published reports say the tower in Henrico could make the school district $120,000 dollars over five years.