Providing housing for teachers is becoming an important means of recruiting qualified instructors in order to compete and allow for the best possible people to actually live near to where they teach.
In states where oilfields are doing a booming business, housing can be expensive and hard to come by. Providing housing is one way to allow a teacher to focus on teaching.
12 teachers are currently housed at Kildeer Public School, and it is rebidding another project to increase the housing available. And in Belfield Public School, the district has housed teachers in three trailer homes for years. Rents are modest, ranging from $650 to $850 a month
Providing housing has helped with recruitment and retention. “People moving to the area need a place to live,” said business manager Alice Berger.
Assistance with housing is becoming more common in the “oil patch” regions of Oklahoma and Texas.