Huge progress has been made on the groundbreaking project between Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley and the Big Sky School District thanks to dedicated volunteers. Still, there is work to be done. The project is meant to increase teacher retention by providing affordable teacher housing on school grounds.
Habitat for Humanity
The sun was shining on Wilson View on Oct. 30 during a day of celebration. Ophir Elementary School teachers John Hannahs and MacKenzie Caldwell were able to see their new home.
The Habitat for Humanity effort called Wilson View, which is under construction to help with the Big Sky School District teacher housing shortage is now in full swing after a challenging winter season.
July 12 was a day of sunshine, grins and golden shovels on the grounds owned by Big Sky School District.
Six or so months ago the Big Sky School District board of directors met in the Ophir Elementary cafeteria for their regular monthly meeting – a fresh batch of teachers was just settling in to the new school year.
David Magistrelli of Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley attended the Big Sky School District Board of Directors meeting on January 14, distributing map printouts to board members conveying the preliminary location of two tri-plex homes, which would ultimately create six units of teacher housing on school property.
While the Big Sky School District has been successful in recruiting new instructors to its growing schools, it’s still subject to the same issues most Big Sky businesses eventually face—including employee burnout when the commute to and from Bozeman rears its head, often due to the lack of affordable housing options in Big Sky.