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Re: Teacher's Way of Life in Colorado
Christine

    On 12/31/07, dog has bad ears wrote:
    > Happy New Year Michele,
    >
    > You are in for a shock when you see the prices of houses.
    > Douglas County is very expensive and you won't get a house for
    > under $200,000. At 200K, it will be just a modest house at that.
    > This is a nice website to use: www.recolorado.com Get some zip
    > codes and search that way. There are cheaper places in the
    > Denver Metro area that are just as nice and safe. Douglas seems
    > to be rapidly growing at an alarming rate!!
    >
    > I've heard some parts of Colorado Springs are a bit cheaper.
    > Quite frankly - it's so pretty there. The city is so close to
    > the foothills and wow! - breathtaking views!
    >
    > I teach in Douglas County - which is the third largest district
    > in Colorado. Unlike another poster who hates Douglas - I love it
    > and I plan to retire here! I had no problems getting a job, my
    > salary more than doubled from Louisiana (but the cost of living
    > will shock you) and Douglas has a great support system and they
    > even offer great classes which you get paid to take. There are
    > pay for performance opportunities as well. Personally, I think
    > we have good benefits. We get disability, health, dental,
    > vision, hearing aids and life insurance. I have insurance for
    > myself only as my spouse carries his own. The district pays my
    > dental of $37 a month - I pay nothing. District pays $5.00 a
    > month for my vision coverage and I pay nothing. My insurance
    > plan that I chose allows $2250 every three years for hearing
    > aids and I pay nothing for that either. The district covers my
    > insurance since it's just me. In Douglas, you can add a spouse
    > or you can do spouse & family and you'd pay for them. Joining
    > the union is optional in Douglas County. Last year the union got
    > us over a 4&37; raise as well!
    >
    > While searching for school districts - watch on the pay scale
    > where you max out. Example: Douglas County pays up to Masters
    > plus 48 hours and then jumps to Doctorate. Some other districts
    > have one more step before Doctorate and that's Masters plus 60
    > hours. Just so you're aware - You'll have to search out the
    > websites for pay scales. Here's the link to Douglas County,
    > since I'm most familiar with it:
    > http://www.dcsdk12.org/portal/page/portal/DCSD/Human_Resources/Ce
    > rtified_Staff/Salary&37;20Schedule0708.pdf
    >
    > The other thing is to look at calendars. 23 of our 44 elementary
    > schools operate on a year round calendar here in Douglas County.
    > This is due to population. I have worked the traditional
    > calendar and now am on "track" and I really enjoy it. I work 9
    > weeks, off for 3, etc. Not sure what other districts operate a
    > year round calendar. Here's the link for Douglas County
    > calendar:
    > http://www.dcsdk12.org/portal/page/portal/DCSD/District_Informati
    > on/Calendars_and_Maps/07-08&37;20DCSD&37;20Calendar.pdf
    >
    > Your question of "can we afford to live there if both are
    > teachers?" I personally know of over 20 couples in Douglas
    > County that both work for the district. I think it's do-able.
    > You can get creative and buy a bank-owned home (foreclosed) and
    > that will save you a good chunk. Think too that if you're both
    > working for the district, one of you would get free insurance
    > and the other would carry family.
    >
    > Good luck, ask more questions if you'd like. I'm sure you'll get
    > other responses as well. You can call a few districts and see
    > when and where their job fairs are. I know Douglas hires a lot
    > of people out of town at job fairs and since our year starts
    > July 5th, we start hire early! Best if you apply for Colorado
    > certification NOW as it takes at least 12 weeks. I have listed
    > some websites for you - perhaps you can copy and print:
    >
    > http://www.cde.state.co.us/utility/k12schls.htm
    > This site lists the school districts in Colorado.
    >
    >
    > **Colorado Springs Area
    > http://www.asd20.org/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1
    > Academy 20 - Colorado Springs
    >
    > http://www.cssd11.k12.co.us/
    > Colorado Springs District 11
    >
    > http://www.harrison.k12.co.us/
    > Harrison District 2 Colorado Springs
    >
    > http://hanover.ppboces.org/
    > Hanover District 28 Colorado Springs
    >
    > http://www.wsd3.org/
    > Widefield Colorado Springs
    >
    > ***Between Colorado Springs & Castle Rock (Douglas County)
    > http://lewispalmer.org/
    > Lewis-Palmer District 38 - Monument
    >
    > **East of Denver
    > http://www.aps.k12.co.us/
    > Aurora Public Schools
    >
    > http://www.ccsd.k12.co.us/index.htm
    > Cherry Creek School District
    >
    > ***Denver
    > http://www.dpsk12.org/
    > Denver Public Schools
    >
    > ***South of Denver
    > http://www.dcsdk12.org/portal/page/portal/DCSD
    > Douglas County
    >
    > http://www.littletonpublicschools.net/
    > Littleton Public Schools
    >
    > http://www.englewoodschools.org/
    > Englewood School District
    >
    > ***West of Denver
    >
    > http://jeffco.k12.co.us/
    > Jeffco Public Schools
    >
    > ***North of Denver
    >
    > http://www.adams12.org/
    > Adams 12 5 Star Schools Northglenn / Thornton
    >
    > http://www.acsd14.k12.co.us/index.asp
    > Adams 14 - Commerce City
    >
    > http://www.brightonps27j.k12.co.us/
    > Adams 27 J - Brighton
    >
    > http://www.adams50.org/
    > Adams 50 - Westminster
    >
    > http://www.acsd1.k12.co.us/
    > Adams 1 - Mapleton
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > On 12/31/07, Michele wrote:
    >> Thank you so much for your response.
    >> In Colorado Springs and Denver metro areas (where we would
    >> like to move) do teachers pay incredible amounts per month for
    >> health insurance? I went to a website for a Denver district
    >> recently and it appeared that the health insurance that they
    >> take out of your paycheck every month was sky-high. I may
    >> have read it wrong.
    >> How is the pay in these districts? What is the average salary
    >> for a teacher with masters and 4-5 years experience? Also,
    >> what is the average cost for a home? I really want to know if
    >> my 2 boys, my husband, and I can live comfortably (not rich or
    >> anything) in Colorado while both of us are teachers. Any
    >> thoughts/advice?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    What are your thoughts for Gunnison County? I've heard it is really
    growing...