Created: 01/07/2014 6:33 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The oil and gas boom has overcrowded Carlsbad. With more people living in the area, Carlsbad schools are filling up. The district has hired more teachers to take on the heavier load. The district pays well, but they can’t keep the teachers.
Carlsbad Schools Superintendent Gary Perkowski is not shy about acknowledging there’s a problem.
“Oh, it's definitely a problem and something we've got to solve," said Perkowski.
Perkowski is calling it a crisis.
He said since the start of the school year, seven teachers have quit because they couldn’t find anywhere to live. Two of them just resigned over Christmas break.
The Superintendent said two teachers right now are living out of a hotel.
“It was kind of this feeling of, what do we do now?" said Mckenzie Caton.
Caton is a new teacher. It took her over a month to find a place to live.
“My husband and I actually ended up living in a hotel for about five and a half weeks until we could finally get into our apartment complex," said Caton.
Meanwhile, Carlsbad Schools is dealing with a teacher shortage and this housing problem isn’t making that any easier.
"It's very frustrating and a couple of them we’ve lost have been very good teachers and we hate to lose those kind of people," said Perkowski.
The school system is partnering with the construction business hoping this will help with this housing shortage.
“So, we're trying to find a solution to the problem by developing some of the land we own around the city into some type of teacher housing and call it ‘teacherages,’" said Perkowski.
They hope to have those ‘teacherages’ built by the start of next school year.
The Carlsbad School District is the second highest paying district in the state.
But that isn’t helping them when they have nowhere for the teachers to live.