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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SMUHSD Explores Employee Housing

rijhhousing2The cost of living in the Bay Area has increased throughout the last couple years, especially homes in San Mateo. The cost of housing in San Mateo is 38 percent higher than the average living cost in California, and is 249 percent higher than the national average, according to areavibes.com. When schools attempt to hire new staff, it becomes a difficult task due to the rising cost of housing.

Beginning in September 2015, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) has explored the idea of building housing for school employees. The San Mateo Community College District already has a housing assistance program, with five-year rental homes below market rates for employees to live in.

A new survey in 2016, released by the SMUHSD, asked employees hired for the 2016-2017 school year to explain their housing situations. Twenty-two percent of survey-takers were from San Mateo High, all of whom were certified employees. The participants were asked if they were interested in participating in a program similar to that of SMCCD. Seventeen percent stated that they were somewhat interested, 11 percent said they were interested and 37 percent said they were very interested.

Due to the large amount of teachers interested in employee housing, SMUHSD has decided to work on the housing idea. During the Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 20, 2016, the Board approved a project budget of $25,000 to secure the idea.

Much of the staff at SMHS are supportive of the idea of building homes. Ms. Bunch, a French teacher, likes the project plan, but hopes that the new homes will be scattered and not all together. “I’m very open to the idea,’’ said Ms. Bunch. “I question if they will buy an apartment building and if teachers would live there, there’s not much diversity. If there were various places around town for rentals, a variety of housing, I think that is a very interesting idea to go after.”

In February 2017, another meeting will take place to discuss the community outreach.

The new employee housing will hopefully make a large difference in the hiring process for new employees, and create a stress-free way of living for new staff.

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