In an e-mail to the district community, she explains her reasons:
Dear Walnut Creek School District Parents and Community Members,
On January 20, a meeting was held at Walnut Heights Elementary to discuss the possibility of erecting a wireless antenna tree at the school. The Board wanted to hold a meeting so that the public could receive information and make comments concerning the potential tower. I plan to recommend that the Board reject this antenna tree at Walnut Heights for the following two reasons:
--Clearwire's representative who spoke to the Board in December was clear and cogent. However when this gentleman was not available, the company flew in a substitute presenter from Chicago. He met with Stuart House, our Director of Facilities, and felt that he and his fellow Clearwire representative were ready for the meeting. Clearly, they were not: the Clearwire men were ill-prepared and offered no concrete information that facilitated the discussion. Therefore, Clearwire is not a company that I can recommend to the Board that the district should do business with.
--At the meeting three key issues from the community/parent speakers surfaced:
a) The aesthetics of the tree,
b) The concern for the health of students and adults, and
c) The antenna tree's effect on property values.
Whether these issues were confirmed or not, the Walnut Creek School District is cognizant of the apprehension expressed by many at the meeting.
Therefore, the item will appear on the February 1 Board Agenda with a recommendation to reject this antenna tree.
Again, thank you to parents and community for taking the time to offer your comments.