The Buffalo Board of Ed is expected to vote soon on whether to rescind the residency rule requiring most district employees to live in the City of Buffalo. (Those hired before the rule was imposed are exempt, as are those working in "high-need" areas such as special education.)
There's been plenty of debate on this issue the past few months.
Those who advocate keeping the residency rule argue that neighborhoods are stronger when teachers live in them.
Those who advocate repealing the residency rule argue that the district would have more job applicants to choose from if they weren't required to live in the city.
Each side has offered plenty of passion, but not much in the way of facts.
It seems that if we really want to know how any change might affect the district, it would make sense to see what the current situation is.
In other words, where do Buffalo teachers live now?
I looked at the most recent district payroll I have that lists the ZIP code for every employee. (If either the Buffalo Teachers Federation or the district would like to provide me with the most current information they have, I would be happy to post that.)
From the payroll I have, I pulled out just the teachers, school psychologists, social workers, etc. -- those people who have daily contact with students.
Here are the top 25 ZIP codes where these individuals live:
|14223||Town of Tonawanda||133|
|14201||Lower West Side||76|
|14209||Main Street (North to Delavan)||75|
- Mary Pasciak