Roy Williams helps celebrate new teacher housing

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UNC basketball coach Roy Williams helped celebrate the completion of new apartments aimed at providing a more affordable housing option for teachers in Asheville and Buncombe County schools.

“Teachers don’t get paid enough period, so anything you can do to help their financial situation is going to help,” Williams said following a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the new Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus.

A new 24-unit apartment complex for teachers is slated to open later this year near Erwin High School in Buncombe County. School officials hope it will provide a more affordable housing option for teachers. They also hope to use it as a recruiting tool for new teachers. Wochit

The complex near Eblen Intermediate School is named for Williams and his wife, Wanda Williams, who were both teachers in Buncombe County schools at one time.

It is also named for Buddy Baldwin, a former teacher at Roberson High, and for Rosa Lee Case Baldwin, who taught math in the Roberson district. Rosa Lee Baldwin is also the mother of Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Tony Baldwin.

After agreeing to have their name on the campus, Roy and Wanda Williams wanted to recognize “those teachers who influenced them in their lives and their career,” Tony Baldwin told the group gathered for Tuesday’s ribbon cutting.

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