Thursday, April 18, 2013
The DeKalb County School District has plans to outfit the entire system by winter.
Thursday, April 18
The DeKalb County School District has undertaken a fast-paced technology plan to make 123 schools and centers wireless by the winter. With a total price tag of $4.5 million, the project is funded through the Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax. Currently, 14 schools and centers are completed with an average of one access point per two classrooms. The completed schools are Cedar Grove High, Chamblee Middle, Clarkston High, Coralwood Center, International Student Center, Kittredge Magnet School, Lithonia High, Lithonia Middle, Margaret Harris Comprehensive School, Miller Grove High, Peachtree Middle, Redan Middle, Tucker Middle and Warren Technical School. The cost for the 14 so far is nearly half a million dollars. “We are pleased with …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The July 31 vote will have little effect on tower proposals at the nine schools already agreed to T-Mobile leases, including Briarlake Elementary, Lakeside High and Margaret Harris Comprehensive schools.
Residents will be able to vote this month whether they like the DeKalb County School System placing cell phone towers on school properties. The vote won't necessarily have any affect on the school system's policies, but it could at least give school board members an idea of voter sentiment, according to CrossRoadsNews, in a story published three days ago. From the story: The referendum was created by House Bill 1299, sponsored by state Reps. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), Michele Henson (D-Stone Mountain), Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur) and other DeKalb legislators. Drenner, a six-term representative and a radiation physicist, embraced the referendum after House Bill 1197 which she sponsored to ban towers from other school grounds failed. …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
DeKalb County Board of Education Chairman Gene Walker defended this week the school system's plans to build revenue-generating cell phone towers on several school sites in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area.
Gene Walker, the DeKalb County Board of Education's chairman and District 9 representative, defended this week the school system's plans to build revenue-generating cell phone towers on several school sites across the county, including the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area. From an article published Wednesday in Neighbor Newspapers: Meanwhile, Board of Education Chair Eugene Walker expressed his dismay at the commissioners’ handling of and take on the issue. Commissioners overstepped their bounds and are being disrespectful of the school board, he said. “We’re not circumventing anything,” Walker added. “We’re operating on the authority we have. “And, clearly, we have different opinions about the possible effect of cell towers … we’re …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
State Rep. Karla Drenner hosted a hearing regarding incoming cell phone towers on school sites in DeKalb County.
A group of mostly frustrated DeKalb County residents packed a legislative hearing room in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday to protest the construction of cell phone towers on several county school sites. The hearing was organized by state Rep. Karla Drenner, D-District 86, about a week after the legislator said she was made aware of residents still protesting the DeKalb County School System's contract with T-Mobile, which was approved in July. The contract will place towers at a number of schools, including Lakeside High School, Briarlake Elementary School and Margaret Harris Comprehensive School in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area. North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch blogged live from the hearing.
Rep. Karla Drenner, District 86, is holding a hearing today to question the erection of cell phone towers on a number of school sites countywide.
When frustrated DeKalb County residents gather in a small meeting room in downtown Atlanta this morning to listen to a hearing about cell phone towers on school grounds, they'll have a significant new ally – the state representative who organized the meeting. Months after groups of parents organized to protest a DeKalb County School System plan to put cell phone towers on a number of school sites across the county, Rep. Karla Drenner, District 86, has come out in the last week against the proposal between the school system and T-Mobile, breathing new life into the controversial issue. "The long term effects of exposure to the type of radiation produced by cell phone towers are not fully known, but initial data indicates cause for concern…
Thursday, December 1, 2011
With the DeKalb County School System determined to let T-Mobile build a tower at Briarlake Elementary School, parents there aren't left with many options.
Parents at Briarlake Elementary School upset with the forthcoming construction of a cell phone tower on school property are unsure of their next move as the school system and T-Mobile move forward with their plans, a PTA board member said. "We had hoped that [DeKalb County School System Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson] would have given this issue some time," said Stephanie Byrne, a Briarlake Elementary PTA board member. "She has decided that this is not worth her time." Atkinson and a school system spokesman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last month that the deal between the system and T-Mobile was considered done, and the system was not open to challenges. "We respect the opinions about this," school spokesman Walter Woods said to …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Neighbors of the Margaret Harris Comprehensive School said they were not notified of a proposed cell phone tower on school property, but now that they know about it, they are actively fighting it.
People in the neighborhoods surrounding Margaret Harris Comprehensive School are protesting a proposal to place a cell phone tower on school grounds, saying they were not made aware of the proposal in a timely manner. Resident Joe Staley said that a meeting held at the school in May to propose the tower was met with no opposition. However, this is because of the nature of the school itself. Students at Margaret Harris live all over the county, so the method the board used to spread the word about meetings held in May regarding the proposed towers—a flier sent home with students—did not reach any of the school’s immediate neighbors. “Of course none of us got any notice. That’s why we’re all here now,” he said. Staley has been calling DeKalb…
Monday, November 28, 2011
Residents near the Margaret Harris Comprehensive School on Knob Hill Drive will meet tonight to fight a proposed cell tower there and discuss, if necessary, a lawsuit against the school system.