The rest of the story
July 25, 2002
In response to CARE’s most recent half-page ad regarding school district housing, I would like readers to know the whole story.
First of all, the superintendent’s free housing has always been a part of his contract. Most school districts negotiate a housing package into their superintendent’s contract.
CARE’s comparison of rent charged the elementary school principal and the high school principal six years later was not a true comparison.
What they failed to say in their ad is that when the elementary school principal lived in school district housing, she did so with two other roommates. They, as a group, were charged $1,000 per month. Therefore, she paid $333 per month. She also owned (and continues to own) a free market house in Aspen.
Lastly, CARE wrote that school staff paid the most rent at $1,500. There was a teacher and her family who lived there most recently, along with another single employee. A four-bedroom house in Aspen that rents for $1,500 per month might be the best deal in town!
Perhaps CARE would like to rewrite their ad to show the true facts. No, on second thought, they probably won’t.
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