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Sprint cell tower could be in place until 2039

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A cellular tower at the Coffman High School stadium could be in place until 2039.

Dublin Board of Education members last week got an update on a request regarding the Sprint tower agreement the district has with Global Signal Company.

Jim Davis, director of buildings and grounds, told board members the company wants to extend the current contract by three, five-year terms until 2039. The current contract ends in 2024.

The proposed extension for the contract of the tower on the east side of the Coffman High School stadium would automatically renew every five years, if approved by board members.

The district would receive $12,000 for the contract amendment, Davis said.

Board member Lynn May voiced concerns about options for the tower to get taller.

"That would mean modification to the contract," said Chris Miller, a lawyer from Ice-Miller who has been helping the district with the contract.

If the company needed to enlarge the cell tower, Miller said, they would need approval from the board of education. Technology, he added, isn't tending toward taller towers.

The board of education will soon see a resolution for the contract amendment for a vote.

In other board of education news, two district employees were last week honored with the Golden Shamrock Award. The award is given out seven times a year to "employees who have made noteworthy contributions to the district," information from Dublin City Schools said.

Both Coffman High School principal Mike Ulring and Scottish Corners Elementary head custodian Sam Graham received standing ovations when presented with the award.

Coffman High School Matt Sachtleben said Ulring, who has been at Coffman for 20 years, is supportive, positive, devoted and a great leader.

"He is the rock of Coffman High School," Sachtleben said.

"I'm the luckiest person at Coffman and I've got the greatest job in the world," Ulring said upon receiving the award.

Scottish Corners Elementary School Principal Jennifer Schwanke said since becoming head custodian two years ago, Sam Graham has transformed the school. Graham stays late to make sure everything is done and uses his free time to get good deals for the school, she said.

"He has a golden heart and will do anything for anyone," Schwanke said. "Sam, I'm so thrilled you're here to make my job easier."

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