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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Miami may build schools with teacher housing

In this Dec. 11, 2015 photo, Katy Howser, a kindergarten teacher in the Santa Clara School District, looks out from the balcony of her apartment at Casa Del Maestro, an apartment complex for teachers, in Santa Clara, Calif. School districts in high cost-of-living areas and rural communities that have long struggled to staff classrooms are considering buying or building rent-subsidized apartments as a way to attract and retain teachers amid concerns of a looming shortage. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Miami-Dade may build apartments for teachers on school property, reports Douglas Hanks in the Miami Herald.

A preliminary proposal includes constructing a new mid-rise middle school in the luxe Brickell area for Southside Elementary, with a floor devoted to residential units, and several more reserved for parking and the classrooms on top. If that goes well, Miami-Dade wants a full-fledged housing complex next to Phillis Wheatley Elementary, with as many as 300 apartments going up on the campus just north of downtown.

“The concept would add Miami to a scattering of cities across the country where schools are using their own real estate to provide more affordable housing to their workforces,” reports Hanks.

However, some doubt that teacher housing is an effective recruitment and retention tactic.

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