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MISD Helping Their Teachers With Rent Costs By Building Affordable Homes

The Board approved a proposition to build modular homes for incoming teachers and those in need
MIDLAND -- It seems like we talk about it all the time.

Rent prices across Midland are too high for some and a deterrant to potential residents.


Midland ISD has already proposed raises to help bring in new teachers and now they will be providing temporary housing too. 


It's getting harder and harder to find apartments in the area for less than $1,000 a month.


That's a problem when trying to recruit the best and the brightest; a problem MISD is facing head-on.


The district's solution: Temporary modular housing for their teachers.


"We were concerned about our ability to recruit. We have a lot of positions to fill for next school year and we were afraid we wouldn't be able to recruit them," school board president rick davis said.


The Board of Trustees approved a plan to build 70 of these modular housing units.


After seeing three separate location options, the board chose a hybrid that will allow them to build the 70 units either in space already developed by Stonegate Estates or district-owned land by Travis Elementary.


"We thought that 70 units and $3.5 million would address the need and not overcommit us financially," Davis continued.


The 70 units will be 2 or 3 bedroom models with more than 1,000 square feet.


In order for the district to break even on the deal, administrators say they'll need to rent for about $750 per unit.


The district wants to stress that this is a temporary solution and the amount of time people live in these units will be capped.


"The city already told us if we're able to do something like this it needs to be short term. We're not going to put in a permanent trailer park for this," Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren said.


Priority will be given to new-hire teachers coming to Midland.


After that need is filled, priority will be given to those in dire situations.


Between district growth, retirements and people leaving, MISD is looking to hire more than 300 new teachers going into next year.


The hope is that most of these will be from Midland and have a current residence and that these homes will help accomodate those coming to the area.

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