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School district considering teacher housing

By Mark Fagan · September 1, 2010 · Comment on this

School board president Rich Minder wants to be able to pay teachers what they're worth. A possible way to get around the lack of education funding would be to offer cheaper rent in district-owned family housing.

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Kookamooka 3 years, 7 months ago

That is so depressing it makes my heart hurt. Reminds me of my grandparents life in the steel mills of PIttsburgh "renting" from boss man and hocking their souls to the company store. Could we call it the teacher "ghetto"? Must make the developers happy! More multi-family housing in Lawrence when the vacancy rate is already so high.

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tnt1985 3 years, 7 months ago

What a GREAT idea? Let's start by hiring a "teacher housing coordinator and a "residential unit acquisition coordinator". Maybe even an "assistant superintendent of teacher housing". Of course, they'll need a staff and office space, but we can take care of that with a bond issue or a tax increase. Then we can add staff to the maintenance department to take care of the houses. We can even start a whole new curriculum for entrepreneurial students. We can teach them how to buy houses and then "save" money by renting them out far below market value. I guess the only problem will be how unfair it is to the other districts when all of their best teachers quit and apply to work in Lawrence so that they can live in school district housing. Who could turn that down!? OMG!

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