Many upset over plans to build cell phone tower at school


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on February 5, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 6:31 AM

AUSTIN -- The ire of a handful of parents and neighbors living near Pond Springs Elementary School has gotten the attention of the Round Rock Independent School District.

About 15 parents are fighting the school district’s plans to build a cell phone tower on the Pond Springs Elementary property.

Parents found out what was going on by asking construction workers and became upset that the school district hadn’t sought public input.

“Something like this shouldn't be on a playground at an elementary school,” said Dana Manickavasagam, a neighbor living a few houses away from Pond Springs Elementary School.

In a statement released late Wednesday afternoon, Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores released this statement:

“Dear Pond Springs Elementary School Community, 

We value community input and we regret that our Pond Springs Elementary School community was not given the opportunity to provide input regarding the construction of a cell tower on school grounds.  

We have asked our attorney to begin the process of releasing the district from the current contract obligations. The district has the option of ending the contract by giving AT&T a one year notice. 

It is our hope that the construction of the cell tower will cease once AT&T receives our letter stating our plan to terminate the contract. I understand the importance of collaboration with our engaged community and we value the stakeholders who contacted us with their concerns.”

Pond Springs parents are still planning to protest RRISD and AT&T at 11 a.m. Saturday in front of the school.