Education
3:10 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Dare County Opens Second Teachers' Housing Project

A subsidized housing facility for teachers opens on Hatteras Island today in an effort to lure talent to Dare County schools. The Dare Education Foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon in Buxton for a building with 12 reduced-rent apartments. The island has two public schools with a total of nearly 600 students. Dare Education Foundation executive director Elizabeth Piff says teachers on Hatteras Island have a hard time finding housing they can afford. As a result, a given class can sometimes have four different teachers in the course of one school year.

Elizabeth Piff: "Hatteras is a more isolated area of Dare County and they have always had the challenge of finding good teachers down there because of the housing situation."
The facility is the second teachers' housing project in Dare County. A similar building opened three years ago in Kill Devil Hills.