The Board of Education (Board) recognizes that a shortage of educators and other personnel to fill positions in hard-to-staff areas compromises the quality of education in schools. Effective strategies for educator recruitment are necessary to attract highly qualified educators and other personnel to schools, and to retain them in schools. The Board finds that housing incentives can be an effective tool in educator recruitment and retention.

The Department of Education (Department) may utilize housing or a housing stipend as a recruitment and retention incentive. Any new Department housing so provided by the Department shall be built, wherever possible, on state lands located in or adjacent to the residential districts of the community.

The Department shall develop guidelines to implement this policy.

Approved: 1/71; Amended: 5/19/05, 12/07