RPS Board member open to exploring cellphone tower proposal

Posted at 11:52 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-19 12:49:56-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)- On Monday night, the Richmond School Board heard a presentation from Crown Castle about the possibility of building cell towers on school property.

Henrico schools recently approved a plan to install a cell tower near a West End middle school, with some opposition from parents.

CBS 6 News talked to Richmond School Board member Kristen Larson about Monday night's presentation. She said the idea is still in its early stages, but it's something worth exploring.

"Looking at new sources of revenue is important to us," said Larson.

Larson said Crown Castle had about 10 potential sites in the district with towers that could start off at around $24,000 per site.

"We want to make sure that it's done in a way that we have safety first and foremost in mind for the families and students," said Larson.

Veronica Taylor, a parent at Richmond Public Schools said she understands the financial issues the schools face, but isn't for the idea of possible cell towers on school properties.

"It's a little disturbing that they would go that route to get funding for the school," she said. "It would just be an eyesore."