Update from the FUHSD Board of Trustees September 1, 2015 Meeting
In order to make sure that the public was informed about the details of the agenda items on the August 18, 2015 FUHSD Board of Trustees meeting, the motion made at that meeting to approve the extension of the AT&T (New Cingular Wireless, PCS) lease allowing their cell equipment on the Lynbrook High School gym roof top was rescinded by the Board of Trustees at the FUHSD Board of Trustees meeting which took place on September 1, 2015.
At the September 1, 2015 FUHSD Board of Trustees meeting the Board members heard a report from Bill Hammett, an independent engineer, who confirmed that even in the Lynbrook High School gym and throughout the Lynbrook campus the radio frequency emission measurements are well below 1% of the FCC standards. Mark Quattrochi, a veteran licensed architect, reported that the Lynbrook gym is structurally sound and that the average weight of cell equipment on the rooftop is approximately thirty-six pounds. FUHSD Director of Facilities Erik Walukiewicz provided a summary of local market rates for cell equipment carriers and also reviewed the safety and security features in place throughout FUHSD. Mr. Walukiewicz confirmed that the former problems with leaks on the Lynbrook gym roof have been repaired and that attention is focused on keeping FUHSD facilities in good condition. Clarissa Canady, an attorney with Dannis Woliver Kelley, reviewed the legal implications of the AT&T lease.
The presentation to the FUHSD Board of Trustees was followed by an opportunity for members of the public to share their opinions about the renewal of the AT&T lease. The public input section of the meeting lasted approximately two and a half hours.
Following the input provided by community members, the FUHSD Board of Trustees engaged in a discussion about the AT&T lease and deliberated about possible actions which resulted in the following motion: To approve the lease extension and amendment #2. The motion passed with four Board members in favor and one abstaining.
Update From August 18, 2015 FUHSD Board of Trustees Meeting
At the Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting that took place on August 18, 2015 the Board members heard a presentation with regard to the renewal of the AT&T lease which permits cell equipment on the Lynbrook High School gym roof top. Unless renewed, that AT&T lease will expire on January 13, 2016.
At the August 18 Board meeting the Board members heard presentations from an independent consultant on safety issues, an AT&T representative on parameters of their proposal, and a FUHSD legal counsel on options available to the Board of Trustees. After the presentation members of the public were invited to share their input about this proposal. Following the public input section of the meeting and a discussion among the Board members, the following motion was made: "Approve the lease extension with AT&T for the cell tower at Lynbrook High School, conditional upon an amendment to said contract to, 1) include monetary negotiations to ensure it is a fair lease rate with respect to current market conditions, and, 2) to have an independent consultant take yearly measurements to ensure the field strength is consistent with FCC regulations. The Board directs the Superintendent, by Delegation of Authority, to work with staff and legal counsel to finalize negotiations with AT&T on such terms."
However, due to an internal FUHSD glitch, the existing lease with AT&T for the cell equipment at Lynbrook High School was not posted on the FUHSD website prior to the August 18 meeting.Therefore, it was discovered that only the agenda itself was available at the District's website for public review prior to the August 18 meeting. FUHSD wants to make sure that the public is fully aware of any agenda item before the Board.
Therefore, at the September 1, 2015 meeting of the FUHSD Board of Trustees it is proposed that the prior motion from the August 18 Board meeting be rescinded by the Board to be followed by a discussion of a new agenda item to renew the newly negotiated lease with AT&T for the cell equipment at Lynbrook High School which will presumably be acted upon by the Board members.
Click here for presentations made at the August 18 Board meeting as well as an audio recording of that meeting as well as to see the agenda for the September 1, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting which will take place in the auditorium at Cupertino High School beginning at 7:30 pm.
Update About Current AT&T Lease at Lynbrook High School
The existing AT&T lease which permits cell equipment on the Lynbrook High School gym rooftop will expire on January 13, 2016. The Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees will consider the renewal of this lease at their meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in the Monta Vista High School auditorium. At that meeting a presentation about this matter will take place and the presentation will begin no earlier than 6 pm. The presentation will include the opportunity for members of the public to express their opinions about this matter. Please contact FUHSD Communications Coordinator Sue Larson if you have any questions about this matter or the upcoming meeting.
Update About Verizon's Request to Install Cell Equipment at Cupertino and Lynbrook High Schools
At the April 28, 2015 Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting an agenda item for the Board of Trustees consideration referred to Verizon’s proposal to add cell equipment to Cupertino High School and to Lynbrook High School. This item was previously included on the Feb. 3, 2015 FUHSD Board of Trustees meeting agenda. However, at that February meeting the agenda item was tabled and the Board of Trustees asked that additional information be obtained to ascertain whether or not there are any other viable alternate locations that would provide reliable communication at Cupertino High School and Lynbrook High School. Unfortunately, Verizon has not provided satisfactory information in response to the Board’s request. Therefore, FUHSD staff recommended that the FUHSD Board of Trustees deny Verizon’s proposal to install cell equipment at Cupertino and Lynbrook High Schools.
When the agenda item concerning Verizon’s proposal was addressed at the April 28, 2015 meeting extensive public communication was received and community members provided their input about Verizon’s proposal. Included in this input was information presented by Verizon’s attorney. Following the public communication section of the meeting, the individual Board of Trustees shared their thoughts about Verizon’s proposal and communication provided at FUHSD Board meetings held in February, March, and April.
A motion was then moved and seconded to accept the FUHSD staff recommendation to deny Verizon’s request to install cell equipment at Cupertino High School and Lynbrook High School. The motion was approved by a vote of 4-1. Therefore, the FUHSD Board of Trustees voted to deny Verizon’s request.
Summary of Maximum Measured Radio Frequency Exposure Levels - March 2015
During March 2015, independent and credentialed professional engineer Bill Hammett, of Hammett & Edison, Inc. a recognized leader for engineering services in the wireless telecommunications and broadcasting industries, was contracted by the Fremont Union High School District to take radio frequency measurements at each of our five high schools.
Without exception, these RF measurements -- even the readings that produced the maximum level -- were less than 1% of the maximum permissible exposure level established by the Federal Communications Commission.
Click here for a complete report of the maximum measured FUHSD RF exposure levels and click here to learn more about this subject from a Radio Frequency Protection Guide. A summary of the current FUHSD cell equipment leases can be found here.
Here is a summary of the above referenced complete report of the maximum measured FUHSD RF exposure levels from March 2015:
% of FCC
In bleachers at football field
Top of home bleachers at football field
Northwest corner of track
|Monta Vista||Gym||.000054 mW/cm2||.0054%|
Summary of Maximum Measured Radio Frequency Exposure Levels from ALL Sources* - June 2015
On June 9, 2015, David Oliver, Program Manager for EBI Consulting, took measurements of RF emissions from all sources at multiple locations at each of the five FUHSD high school sites. Click here to view the complete report and here is a summary of Mr. Oliver's report:
|School||Minimum RF Reading as a Percentage of FCC Maximum Permissible Exposure||Maximum RF Reading as a Percentage of FCC Maximum Permissible Exposure|
*The sources include wireless internet connections, electrical connections, vending machines, cell towers and more.