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Parent-Teacher Association Opposes Cell Tower at Neelsville Middle School



Montgomery County Public Schools and Verizon Wireless are hoping to construct a cell phone tower on the property of Neelsville Middle School. However, the Neelsville Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association has rejected the idea.

The PTSA put out a press release this week stating, “It is the position of the Neelsville PTSA, by unanimous vote of its membership in a meeting held on Thursday, June 8, that a cell tower should not be installed on the property of Neelsville Middle School in Germantown.”

The PTSA met on June 8 with Boyd Lawrence of MCPS Real Estate Management Team represented by Boyd Lawrence along with Verizon and their legal counsel, civil engineers, and radio frequency engineers, and from the Environmental Health Trust represented by Theodora Scarato. The PTSA said that at the meeting, MCPS and Verizon presented an overview of the proposed plan to place a cell tower at Neelsville. The Environmental Health Trust presented an overview of research conducted and related safety concerns.


“After hearing from the guest speakers and a substantial question and answer session, the Neelsville Middle School Parent Teacher Association voted unanimously to oppose the placement of a cell tower on Neelsville Middle School property,” said the release. “Additionally, by separate unanimous vote, the Neelsville PTSA resolved to actively oppose the placement of a cell tower on Neelsville Middle School property.”