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Old 09-09-2017, 04:46 AM
 
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Hi guys, I appreciate any advice I may get in advance. My family and I are planning to move to the Charlotte area in about a year, my daughter will be five and I hope to move her in before kindergarten begins if at all possible, which is my first question, when does the school year begin in NC?

We would love advice for recommendations of area to live: we would like a townhouse/free standing house around $1200 to rent or less, schools must be good, area must be very safe. If it's in a town where I could walk my daughter to or from school, even better as we hope to go down to one car if possible after the move as I stay at home with my daughter and only use it here for school pickup which is such a waste.

My husband is a certified occupational therapy assistant, COTA, if anyone has any insight on that positions availability, payrate, best area to find this kind of work, we would like his commute to be twenty minutes or less ideally.

And lastly, what are the things I am forgetting to worry about that are important to know about the area? I've never moved far from home, never with a child... oh, childcare resources, any info on that for evening drop off for a date night or an in home sitter service, we will have no family around for the first time in our lives but NY is bankrupting us and it's time to go.
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:55 AM
 
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Hi guys, I appreciate any advice I may get in advance. My family and I are planning to move to the Charlotte area in about a year, my daughter will be five and I hope to move her in before kindergarten begins if at all possible, which is my first question, when does the school year begin in NC?

We would love advice for recommendations of area to live: we would like a townhouse/free standing house around $1200 to rent or less, schools must be good, area must be very safe. If it's in a town where I could walk my daughter to or from school, even better as we hope to go down to one car if possible after the move as I stay at home with my daughter and only use it here for school pickup which is such a waste.

My husband is a certified occupational therapy assistant, COTA, if anyone has any insight on that positions availability, payrate, best area to find this kind of work, we would like his commute to be twenty minutes or less ideally.

And lastly, what are the things I am forgetting to worry about that are important to know about the area? I've never moved far from home, never with a child... oh, childcare resources, any info on that for evening drop off for a date night or an in home sitter service, we will have no family around for the first time in our lives but NY is bankrupting us and it's time to go.
My niece is a certified OT. She works for a company that staffs OTs all over the country. If your husband works for such a company, he should look for a transfer. Locally, CHS has a rehab facility in Gaston County.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:58 AM
 
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Your budget is on the low side for renting a single family home or townhome. Your best bet for finding something for $1,200 would be Belmont and further west into Gaston County. You might also get lucky in Steele Creek neighborhood of Charlotte or Pineville, NC. Also check out the Prosperity Church Road area at 485 interchange.

The median salary in the Charlotte area for a COTA is $55,000 per year.
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:17 AM
 
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Your budget is on the low side for renting a single family home or townhome. Your best bet for finding something for $1,200 would be Belmont and further west into Gaston County. You might also get lucky in Steele Creek neighborhood of Charlotte or Pineville, NC. Also check out the Prosperity Church Road area at 485 interchange.

The median salary in the Charlotte area for a COTA is $55,000 per year.
If the job was at the Gaston County facility, which is either in Mt Holly or Belmont, the OP could look at Kings Mountain, which has excellent elementary schools, as well as Belmont, Cramerton, & SE Gastonia.
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:13 PM
 
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Hi guys, I appreciate any advice I may get in advance. My family and I are planning to move to the Charlotte area in about a year, my daughter will be five and I hope to move her in before kindergarten begins if at all possible, which is my first question, when does the school year begin in NC?

We would love advice for recommendations of area to live: we would like a townhouse/free standing house around $1200 to rent or less, schools must be good, area must be very safe. If it's in a town where I could walk my daughter to or from school, even better as we hope to go down to one car if possible after the move as I stay at home with my daughter and only use it here for school pickup which is such a waste.

My husband is a certified occupational therapy assistant, COTA, if anyone has any insight on that positions availability, payrate, best area to find this kind of work, we would like his commute to be twenty minutes or less ideally.

And lastly, what are the things I am forgetting to worry about that are important to know about the area? I've never moved far from home, never with a child... oh, childcare resources, any info on that for evening drop off for a date night or an in home sitter service, we will have no family around for the first time in our lives but NY is bankrupting us and it's time to go.
School starts the last week of August. The cutoff date for K in Cabarrus County is August 31st. I'm not sure what it is in the Charlotte Mecklenburg schools but you can check the website.

Care.com or sittercity.com to find sitters. My children's elementary school does movie nights on Friday nights from 6-8:30 and my husband and I take advantage of those and go out to dinner.

The Charlotte Observer had an article yesterday about good/bad schools in the area. This article is based on test scores.

NC grades schools: Here are Charlotte area
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