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Measure U would bring 500 units of employee housing to San Diego Unified

If voters in San Diego pass Measure U next week, San Diego Unified would be able to build 500 units of housing for teachers and other district employees, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The $3.2 billion bond would include $226 million for the district to build workforce housing on the current site of its headquarters. The rest of the money would go toward school site upgrades and new construction in the state’s second-largest school district.

“That’s an important component of the bond measure — to be able to attract and retain the staff we need to run our schools,” Lee Dulgeroff, chief facilities, planning and construction officer for San Diego Unified, told the Union-Tribune.

The average teacher annual salary in San Diego Unified is about $88,000, while the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Diego is $2,200. The district’s housing project would be open to classified staff as well as teachers.