We are a community advocacy organization that is opposed to constructing cell phone towers on Anne Arundel County school properties.
In 2012, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education signed and approved a Master Lease Agreement with Milestone Communications. This agreement states that EVERY SINGLE PUBLIC SCHOOL IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY is a potential target location for up to 3 cell phone towers.
Proposed for 2015
See attached notes from their public meeting 3/25/15 at which Jessica O'Kane and Thea Scarato attended and asked questions.
More information about the project can be found at www.CorkranMiddleWireless.com.
Proposed Project that would place a cell phonte tower marquee at Corkran Middle School. To see the plans:
110 ft Cell Tower at the rear of the property on the Sports Fields. It has been approved by AA county BOE. Milestone has filed for the Building Permit. It was approved by the Critical Area Commission. It is curretnly up but not turned on yet.
Please email and call the State BOE of Maryland regarding this issue and ask them to please find the contract to put up to 3 cell towers at each public school in Anne Arundel null and void and remove all current cell towers as it violates Section 4-114 of the Education Article. The Office of Administrative Hearing proposed decision is attached above.
Charlene L. Necessary, Administrative Officer Maryland State Board of Education
200 West Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21201
Go to the below for the site plans
Fake curriculum used as part of application to Maryland Critical Area Commission
This tower project is up for review by the Maryland Critical Area Commission since
it will be located 200 feet from Mill Creek which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Commission is meeting on March 4th and will be discussing this application. Please
of the commission), and AA county executive Steve Schuhexschu00@aacounty.org about
your opposition to this tower!
The Maryland Critical Area Commission has received a request to approve the construction of a cell tower on the Magothy River Middle School playground. Magothy River Middle School is in Anne Arundel County and sits within the land that is part of the Critical Area of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Parents' Coalition has obtained a copy of the application and discovered that non-existent curriculum is being used as a "special circumstance" to justify the approval of this construction project by the Critical Area Commission.
It is unconscionable that fake curriculum is being used to justify the construction of a commercial structure on a public school playground.
The documents obtained in our research are available at this link:
The Magothy River Middle School cell tower application before the Maryland Critical Area Commission should be withdrawn immediately.
If an application is to be made to the Maryland Critical Area Commission it should only contain independently verifiable facts so that the Commission can base their decision on facts and not fantasy.
Proposed for 2015:
Annapolis Middle School
Center of Applied Technology North
Withdrawn in 2014:
Piney Orchard Elementary School
Built in 2013:
Broadneck High School
In March 2013, Verizon Wireless proposed to erect a 99 ft. tall cell phone tower on Piney Orchard Elementary School property in Odenton, MD. Many parents whose children attend the elementary school, as well as many residents who live in the surrounding neighborhoods are strongly opposed to installing a cell phone tower in this location. For nine months, these concerned parents and neighbors voiced their opposition by speaking out at AA Co Board of Ed meetings, County Council meetings and community meetings, as well as writing letters to the Board of Ed & Superintendent of Schools, Piney Orchard Community Association, District 21 Legislative Representatives, County Council Members, Milestone Communications and Verizon Wireless.
On January 23, 2014, Milestone Communications sent the following letter to the AA Co Board of Education:
January 23, 2014
Ms. Teresa M. Birge, President
Anne Arundel County Board of Education
2644 Riva Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Dear Ms. Birge:
This letter is written to formally notify the Anne Arundel County Board of Education that Verizon and Milestone have chosen to withdraw the proposal for a tower at Piney Orchard Elementary School. We have revisited the placement of the tower on the site with AACPS Staff. The zoning setbacks for the property restrict the placement of the tower to the middle of the property, where it would interfere with school operations and outdoor programming. After consultation with the School Principal and staff, we have evaluated the option to move the tower toward the tree line further south than the original proposed location. This option would require a variance from the zoning setbacks and place the structure closer to neighboring homes. Due to these site constraints, we are withdrawing our proposal for a tower at Piney Orchard Elementary School from consideration by the Board.
President, Milestone Communications Inc.
cc: Ms. Karen Bailey, Principal, Piney Orchard Elementary School
Mr. Jeff Andrade, President, POCA Board of Directors
If you have, or will have, a child or family member in a public school ANYWHERE, then you need to be aware that County School Boards ALL ACROSS THE U.S. are entering into master lease agreements to potentially lease the properties of EVERY SCHOOL in their county to wireless companies for constructing cellular phone towers on the school property. It seems that new studies are emerging all the time that show strong correlations between cell tower emissions and increased health risks, especially for young children.
We need to raise money to cover the attorney fees that we have incurred so far, and these fees will likely increase as this battle wages on. We are also paying monthly website maintenance fees and incurring costs to print flyers, handouts and other support materials. Please visit our fundraising page and make a donation to support our statewide fight against cell towers at schools:
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Important Upcoming Events:
Anne Arundel County Board of Education Meetings
They are usually on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10 am and the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Both are held at the Administration Building- 2644 Riva Rd. in
Annapolis. There are changes for the meetings during the month of February and September, so visit the website for the exact schedule.
WEAR RED to all meetings and show your support for our group!
Visit our "How to Help" page for the email
addresses of the Board. Please email them to express your opposition to a cell tower at your school!
We have two goals:
1. Convince the AACo Board of Education to revoke the Master Lease Agreement with Milestone Communications (Verizon contractor).
2. Provide resources and support to parents and community members who are opposed to the construction of cell phone towers at their schools and near their homes.