In West Texas, Fort Stockton’s solution to teacher shortages is a motel

Staci Ely outside her room at the district-owned Spanish Trail Lodge in Fort Stockton.

Dr. Gabriel Zamora.

Fort Stockton teacher Staci Ely works in her room at the Spanish Trail Lodge.

To house teachers recruited from across the state, Fort Stockton purchased the Spanish Trail Lodge, where teachers pay $250/month.

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