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UPDATE: Elementary School Cell Tower
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Tonight we expected a simple up or down vote on a cell tower at Johnson elementary. That's not exactly what happened but what did made some community members very happy.
"We have received written communication from esteemed citizens in the community and it is now my opinion that this issue should not go forward," said Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson.
Dr. Benson was talking about the proposed cell tower on top of Johnson elementary. He says at first he supported the tower, which would have earned the district more than $25,000 a year.
"No dollar value in a lease is worth bring absolutely safe with young children," said Dr. Benson.
And the board followed the superintendent's lead.
"Its a dead issue," said Dr. Benson.
That made those who opposed it relieved.
"I think it was the right decision given that we don't have any information about long term risks for our kids," said Johnson Parent Susan Millar.
"I was thrilled to hear that they looked at everything and they put our children's health above everything else," said Pediatrician Dr. Sharon Collins.
As for the board and superintendents change of heart, local residents say they're happy to have had their voices be heard.
"I think that speaks for his well the process worked. They were able to come to Johnson and bring then issue to the school and then get feedback from the residents," said Millar.
"He said that my letter and the things that I said helped him make the decision that he did which makes me feel good that i took a stand," said Dr. Collins.
This decision doesn't change that there are still two similar towers on top of Wilson and Roosevelt Middle Schools in Cedar Rapids. Superintendent Benson says the district will honor its contracts regarding those and re evaluate when it comes time to renew them.