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By a vote of 3-2, the Rappahannock County School Board tonight voted against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures, the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
After an often-emotional public comment session — and with three school officials facing a subpoena to testify Thursday in a related Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) case filed by Sperryville resident Eric Tollefson — the board declined to pursue the lease. Citing safety concerns, Stonewall-Hawthorne member Larry Grove, Piedmont district’s Aline Johnson and Wakefield representative Chris Ubben voted against it. Board chair John Lesinski and Jackson district’s Amy Hitt, saying they believed the benefits outweighed the arguable risks, voted in favor.
More in this Thursday’s (Jan. 15) Rappahannock News.