New teacher housing in Tyonek a step closer to reality

Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2006

Construction of a duplex to house teachers at Tyonek should be substantially completed by the time school opens in August, borough officials said.

According to Walter Robson, director of public works, property for a building site has been platted and papers prepared by which the borough would lease the two 1,400-square-foot units from the Native Village of Tyonek.

The borough has completed a contract with Cook Inlet Housing Authority to design and build the duplex as teacher housing, Robson said in a memo to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, which will consider a measure Tuesday authorizing transfer of $18,450 from a completed Homer track repair project to the teacher housing project.

The effort to build new teacher housing facilities at Tyonek began three years ago when village and borough officials recognized the deteriorating condition of two trailers that have served as teacher housing and the rising cost of their upkeep.

About $350,000 was appropriated in fiscal year 2004. The borough was successful in acquiring an additional $235,000 through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and the Denali Commission.

Robson said the Cook Inlet Housing Authority has started preliminary schematics and site investigation work, and construction is scheduled for the 2006 building season.

Building the new facilities would solve a host of problems, one of them being teacher turnover, said schools Human Resources Director Tim Peterson in an interview last June. The village’s remoteness and the old and uninviting condition of the trailers, which he believed had been there since at least 1980, likely contributed to the desire of teachers to leave after only a year or two.

Five new teachers at Tebughna School in Tyonek were assigned there this year, Peterson said this week.

He said the district would continue to utilize the existing trailers for storage of supplies and to house transient instructors who may fly into the village from time to time.

The measure is Resolution 2006-032.



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