Thursday, February 24, 2011
Posted by EOD at 2:16 PM
The property, located on Buxton Back Road in Hatteras, is the site of an old weather station and was obtained from the federal government by the school board. Oaksmith said the Dare Educational Foundation wants to build a 12 unit rental facility, much like the 24 unit facility recently completed on the north beaches. Funding for the construction, according to Oaksmith, will be provided, interest free, by the State Employees Credit Union. The units rent for approximately $750 per month.
Oaksmith said the starting pay for new teachers in Dare County was about $32,000 per year, and due to high housing costs, the county had a attrition/loss rate of almost 25% on Hatteras Island, compared to about 6% in the rest of the county.
Johnson told Oaksmith he didn't support low income housing for teachers in Dare County because, on average, they make more money than other people who fish or do other jobs in the county. He said he would support the concept if it was open to the general public, but it was not fair for the government to help teachers when they wouldn't help ambulance and trash truck drivers.
Johnson told Oaksmith he had heard there were principals and teachers living in the other facility that were making over $50,000 per year. Oaksmith said there were no principals living in the housing and he did not know the average salary of the residents. Other than teachers, he said there were two units occupied by school custodians.
Oaksmith told the commissioners the idea of low-income housing units for teachers was being used all across North Carolina and it was an excellent way for Dare County to recruit and keep young teachers.
The motion to approve the permit and site plan passed 4-1. "It's unfair to the average person living in Dare County," Johnson said.