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.
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.”
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.