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.
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 Wilson View project for Big Sky School District (BSSD) teachers is kicking into high gear – and volunteers are needed. A trailblazing collaborative effort between BSSD and Habitat for Humanity, two triplexes are under construction to help with teacher retention.
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.
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.