NHC school board members discuss several issues

Posted by Debra Worley - email
Updated by Lauren Thomson - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County School Board members discussed several things during their meeting Tuesday night, and began by honoring Sgt. Kimberly Munley who is responsible for stopping the shooting rampage at Fort Hood last month.

Two of the most heated topics included a proposed cell phone tower at Murrayville Elementary and the middle school redistricting maps.

School board members and county commissioners had both voted in favor of plans for AT&T to lease land at the school to build a 90-foot cell phone tower.

Board members voted Tuesday night to get their attorney to rescind the contract.

Parents have been fighting the proposed tower for months, saying the potential health effects could be hazardous to children who attend the school.

The cell phone company would have paid the school system $24,000 each year for use of the land, but the board decided the money was not worth the risk.

Last month, school board members began developing a fourth map to include in the choice of middle school redistricting, but it has not yet been finalized.

Click here to see the finalized proposed maps

Board members decided to hold another work session to discuss the maps. That meeting will be Monday, December 14th, beginning at 9 AM. It is open to the public.

Also on the agenda was outlining a new policy surrounding the School Violence Protection Act.  The law backed by Senator Julia Boseman is an anti-bullying measure that directs local school systems to guard against harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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