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    Julia Crane
    Julia Crane
    Julia Crane, a paid intern at The Times-Independent, is a senior at Grand County High School. She reports on local education and more.
    A member of Hogan and Associates Construction, the general contractor on the Grand County Middle School project, points out where a Verizon cell tower could be relocated during a visit from the Grand County School District board of trustees on Feb. 12. Photo by Julia Crane

    Construction on the new middle school continues to progress, but in the middle of it all lies a new issue: the Verizon cell tower.

    Verizon pays the school district revenue to place its cell tower on school property, and the revenue helps funds the school district needs.

    The school board met on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to discuss the relocation. Keeping it on school property is ideal, but finding an optimal place proved to be more difficult. With the construction of the new school locations were limited.

    The two ideas that were discussed were a corner of the Bark Park, which the school district owns and leases to the city for community use. The other option was along the edge of the Bark Park, which would have the tower sitting on a corner of the new parking lot.

    Worries that the tower would look less appealing in the parking lot and more hidden were pluses for placing it instead in the bark park. However, concerns that the school district might need that land in the Bark Park for future construction put a shadow on favoring that area.

    Both potential sites have pros and cons, and a decision won’t be reached until this week.

    Crane, a senior at Grand County High School, is a student intern at The Times-Independent.

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