School board to debate cell antenna at California High

High school math books, parcel tax oversight, educator effectiveness grant, African American History Month also on agenda

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to consider approving a lease agreement Tuesday with Verizon Wireless to install cellular telecommunication equipment on a stadium light pole at San Ramon's California High School.

Verizon wants permission to replace an existing light pole near the northeast side of the football field with wireless communication equipment on a new pole, according to Richard Lowell, facilities director for the school district.

The project, which received minor use permit approval from the city's planning department in November 2014, heads to the school board for lease agreement sign-off and environmental clearances, Lowell said.

The lease agreement calls for Verizon to cover the costs of the new pole, plus $25,000 to replace or upgrade the light fixtures on the pole. The company would then lease the space from the district for $26,400 per year.

The school board's open-session meeting is set to get underway at 7 p.m. inside the boardrooms at the district administrative complex, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* The school board will receive an informational presentation on high school mathematics instructional materials.

* Board members will consider modifying the accounting coding method by which expenditures are charged to the Measure C parcel tax revenue.

The proposed new method, recommended by the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, would be less complex and more direct, allowing financial reports to clearly show Measure C parcel tax revenues and expenditures, according to Scott Anderson, the district's chief business officer.

Later in the meeting, board members will discuss the process for selecting Parcel Tax Oversight Committee members.

* The board will consider approving a nearly $2.4 million educator effectiveness grant and associated spending plan. The one-time state funds, offered through Senate Bill 77, must be spent by June 2018, according to district officials.

* Board members will adopt resolutions declaring February as African American History Month and Feb. 1-5 as Words Matter Week.

* They will also hear the 2015-16 library plan update and receive a report on Danville's Tassajara Hills Elementary School.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed an incorrect year for when the city of San Ramon approved the Cal High cell tower's minor use permit. regrets the error.

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Posted by frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 12, 2016 at 7:18 am

Since cell companies make a bloody amount of cash on cell phone use and use will not diminish anytime soon, why so low on the lease amount per year.

They want that contact; they will make a ton on the service provide; do they also repair the pole plus school equipment on pole plus their own equipment.
Will this installation ONLY be for what is being done now and negotiate any add ons later.

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