BULLHEAD CITY — Bullhead City School District governing board members will hold a public town hall Thursday (April 21) about the proposed District Employee Neighborhood (DEN) plan to construct rental housing for faculty and staff who have been priced out of the local housing market.
The public-private partnership is financed by a federal Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant. The most recent ESSER programs were signed into law by both Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden. BCSD’s DEN program does not impact state or local tax rates.
Thursday’s town hall begins at 6:00 p.m. at the district office, 1004 Hancock Road.
State and federal law allow housing programs referred to as “teacherages,” and the DEN concept is already in place or is being developed in Arizona and across the country. Many districts view this type of project as essential for recruiting and retention at all levels.
Inquiries, comments and related issues for the town hall were submitted during recent community-wide questionnaires for area residents and BCSD employees. Governing board members divided questions into six categories for research and responses. Five are specific and one is catch-all.
BCSD Superintendent Carolyn Stewart will present background about the project, estimated at $2.3 million from ESSER grants. Categories to be addressed by governing board members include:
- Amanda Amann, lease agreements
- Anna Boyd, funding
- Kory Burgess, project and property details
- Charlene Dias, tenants (eligibility and selection process)
- Melinda Sobraske, other related questions
Thursday night’s meeting will be livestreamed and available for replay upon demand. The link will be available shortly, and will be posted on the BCSD website (www.crsk12.org) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BCESD).