The Argyle ISD board of trustees unanimously approved installing a new cell tower at Argyle Middle School’s baseball complex April 15.

After deliberating about the location last month, the board decided that placing the 114-foot tower on the north side of the bullpen, the area where pitchers warm up before entering the game, would be the best spot.

The backstory

The tower would be owned and maintained by New Cingular Wireless Personal Communication Service LLC over a five-year lease that would generate about $2,000 a month for the district, Director of Operation Tommy Ledford said.

At the end of the five years, the district will have the option to terminate the partnership, and subsequently Cingular will remove the tower from the property. If the district chose to extend the rental for another five years, the rental price would increase by 10%, Ledford said.

In the future, the district could entertain offers from other companies looking to build towers. In those instances, the original price of $2,000 will set the minimum standard going forward, he said.

The details

Argyle ISD would earn $24,000 for the 2024-25 school year if the lease is approved, according to district documents.

Cingular would handle all the permitting and the application process with the city, Ledford said.

“They are going to have to submit this site plan to the city and get it approved,” trustee Josh Westrom said. “So even approving this doesn’t necessarily mean it's going to happen.”