Superintendent resigns over cell phone tower controversy on top of Wyandotte elementary school

Parents applauded as school board voted to accept the resignation of Catherine Cost

Wyandotte, Mich. – The superintendent of Wyandotte Schools resigns amid the battle over a controversial cell tower on top of Washington Elementary School.

Parents gave a round of applause as the school board voted Wednesday (April 5) to accept the resignation of Catherine Cost.

Cost was not in attendance, as she sent her resignation letter instead.

The superintendent of Wyandotte Schools resigns amid the battle over a controversial cell tower on top of Washington Elementary School. (WDIV)

For months, there have been heated meetings between parents, administrators, and the board about safety concerns over the cell tower.

Cost helped broker the deal with T-Mobile, and parents were unhappy with how she handled their frustrations and concerns.

“She, I believe, has failed the district at every level as it relates to the cell tower,” said parent Josh Castmore. “So I am encouraged by what we heard tonight. I think it’s the first big step in the right direction, hopefully.”

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The board went into a closed session to seek advice from their attorneys about options for removing the cell tower.

Some parents who want the board to hire new legal counsel are not satisfied with the current representation.

“They’re the ones who advised you to sign on this, and now they’re representing you again to try and get this down,” said a parent. “It seems to me like a conflict of interest,” one parent said during the public comment portion of the meeting.”

The school board could not divulge any details about what was discussed with their attorneys, promising to do so as soon as possible.

Parents thanked the school board for their transparency and look forward to better communication moving forward.

About the Authors:

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.