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Old 03-22-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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My husband (an assistant principal) & I (el. teacher) are now living in AK & are looking to move back to the lower 48. We have read that Williston, ND is becoming a booming town & that's where we should look. I have done some research on Williston but can't seem to find how many years ND will allow you to bring to the pay scale. We both have lots of years to bring in (he has almost 20 & I have 18). Also, what is the pay for someone with that many years? Can you share what living in Williston would be like? We have lived in villages most of our teaching career in AK so I'm thinking this would be a step up !

Any info/advice you could share would be great! TIA


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Old 03-29-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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Williston???

Uff da. Just...uff da.

I really hope you have somewhere to live, or have things figured out before you get here. Housing is practically in the NEGATIVE right now, I don't know if you've heard, but people are living in cars right now. They used to be parked in the Walmart parking lot, but around Christmas, Walmart started kicking people out because of complaints--Walmart started getting notorious for being a very very BAD place.

I'm not trying to knock North Dakota here. I absolutely love it here, I too am looking for a job out in western North Dakota teaching. And I'm so glad that there is a booming business even if it is the oil rigs out here--they get quite a bad rap, but hey I think any business is good business for small towns.

But I'd research a little into what it's like living here--
for instance, head over to this website: http://thepatchtoday.com This was a new news section launched by Forum communications to report on news just in the oil patch. Got some good articles there.

If you want teaching jobs, here's the website to go to:
http://ndworkforceconnection.com. This is where school districts post first generally. There really isn't anything as far as teaching jobs available in Williston at the moment, but Crosby High School (Divide County) has NINE new teaching positions opening. Because Williston is so close to Montana, if I were you I'd see what Montana has to offer as well.

Just be prepared for an inner-city lifestyle in Williston--there is constant traffic, completely congested, and not too much in the "going out" to places right now. For instance, restaurants are hard to come by because owners simply can't staff the places. So areas like the McDonald's and Subways have lines constantly going out the door.

They're trying VERY hard to catch up to all the business going on, but it may take a year or so. And while things are crazy right now, there's still many locals who try and stick to the "small town atmosphere and lifestyle".

I also want to mention that because of the influx of people, school districts are frantically trying to compensate--there's an influx of younger kids, which means most of the positions opening are for elementary, which works in your favor I believe.
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Just what I thought!
Old 04-04-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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I have done some more research & found out pretty much what you have said. Doesn't sound all that great, does it!?! Not too fond of sleeping in my car, that's for sure!
Also, a little too close to the in-laws for me! I think we shall keep looking.....
Thanks for responding!! I do appreciate the info!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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Hi there!
I teach in the eastern side of the state and I love where I teach. Altho oil has drastically changed our western edge, there are some issues being addressed. 3 new schools as well as apartment buildings going up. It is chaotic at this point & yes housing is an issue. But I would go directly to the public schoolwebsite & direct your inquires there. Pay is not what you may be used to in AK but it is more competitive to bring in the help they need.
My district on the far eastern edge has openings for 3 lower elementary & a couple of MS& HS positions. Our state is growing by leaps & bounds& I for one am glad I stayed. Yup, gets cold( well not this year) but generally but we have heat & coats & even mittens . ) They let us put the wagon and horses away and drive cars with tires that are round and made of rubber!!

I love the closeness on our eastern edge to all the lakes, and a quick couple hour drive to the cities. But my commute is maybe 5 -7 minutes. Class sizes are low--22 is the highest in my district. Fargo has some schools with more but then again 3 new schools going up & a new HS last fall.

Also, my district pays ALL of our retirement...their share at almost 9 % I think and our % which is almost 8. I recently went to retirement workshop ( 3 yrs to go) and was told we have one of the best teacher retirements policy statewide in the nation. Our health plan has just recently started to be partly ours to pay for...my family policy costs about $150 a month. Before, I had an annuity, because I didn't use the district's health insurance, but circumstances for my husband's job changed and so I began to. At first it cost me nothing. So consider that looking at ND salaries. Not all districts are like this, but many are, even the smaller communities, where you have to like small town life and some isolation to live there. Many teachers in my district have been here up to 35 years because of the benefits and good teaching circumstances. Many are getting to that retirement age,however, so I envision lots of openings in the next 5 years. It has already begun.

It is not all sunshine and roses...we are a right to work state so we have no strikes for teachers. It doesn't give us a lot of leverage sometimes, especially with our last supt. My district is behind the rest of the state with transition to RTI,,,year 2....and it has been very fast and furious. But we do have PLC's and a para for each grade level to help with RTI interventions. No duties...lunch/recess/etc. I myself have been expected to take RTI groups before and after school because I am a specialist, but I think it is just because my principal is scrambling to keep up.

Hope this helpful...I love my state and the lack of crime, traffic, and pollution. I am close enough to the city for a monthly trip to satisfy my big museum/major league sports need.

Good luck in your search!

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Looking just outside Williston?
Old 04-10-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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Just a thought:

Have you looked for jobs around the Williston area? Just so you know, many districts are aware of the fact that housing is hard to find, so they are actually offering housing along with the job.

For instance, there is a job opening to teach in a "one-room country school atmosphere" near Williston, right on the Montana border. It's called Horse Creek School, and if I had my elementary license, OH BOY would I be applying there!!!!!! They have housing available for their teacher as well.

Williston may have hard to find housing, but it gets a little easier (note I said a LITTLE!) when you travel to places like east of Dickinson, or along Highway 2--towards Minot.

Many people say don't let the housing crunch scare you away, and I'd have to agree somewhat. Just be prepared to find it extremely expensive.

By the way, Laverne mentioned our retirement process (TFFR)--OMG, it is the BEST plan in the nation in my opinion.

Williston just opened up with a bunch of teaching positions by the way if you're still interested.

They say western North Dakota is reminiscent of the Gold Rush "boom towns"--a very exciting adventure for someone like me! You'll have to make a judgment call to see if it's for you...

Go to tripadvisor.com and browse the forums there. Many people are asking about moving to North Dakota and getting plenty of responses.


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