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Board drops plan for cell tower on school land

Citing the potential for a lawsuit, the Dover-Sherborn Regional School Committee voted recently to abandon the pursuit of leasing a portion of the high school’s campus for a cell tower. The Nov. 4 decision came after the board was criticized by several dozen parents who opposed the idea, with some citing health concerns. The board voted to take no action on the proposed lease, according to chairwoman Dana White. Bay Communications had proposed to build a tower to improve cellphone reception in the area. The company still has an active proposal before the town for another site near the high school; the proposal had prompted the school board to consider its own lease, White said. The school district had acquired the land proposed for the site several years ago from the state, White said. The board’s concern was that a lawsuit could challenge that sale, which was made for “school purposes,” if the property hosted a cell tower, she said.

Mary MacDonald can be reached at maryfmacdonald3@gmail.com