One of the things we do here at the Voice is ask questions. Sometimes lots of questions. Russ and I have a strong appreciation for the Law of Unintended Consequences. That law popped right into mind when I read about the SMUSHD trustees going out for a study of so-called affordable housing for teachers on existing high school property (Crestmoor and Mills are under consideration). The DJ discussed it here. I think Peter Hanley has identified the tip of the iceberg:
Not all trustees were on board with the proposal though, as Peter Hanley said he harbored deep reservations regarding whether the project was in the district’s best interest. “I’m really skeptical about this,” he said.
Hanley said he struggled to support the school system entering the housing industry, and envisioned the potential for conflict of interest should the district serve as an employer and landlord simultaneously.
There are many other questions to ask like:
--How does the District do income verification of teachers' significant others? Or do they? If it's supposed to be "affordable" what is the combined income level?
--School districts are pretty insulated from zoning ordinances normally, but when they get into high-density residential development that would appear to be unfair to the neighborhoods. Do they intend to comply? If they get sued (a high probability ref: Hoover School), who foots the legal bills?
--Can a district do a bond measure to build houses? It's not an education function, so do the same limits apply for passing a bond measure?
--Does the district then pay residential property taxes including parcel taxes?
--And the perennial favorite: Where is the water coming from?
Any bloggers care to add to the list?