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Old 03-17-2013, 03:12 PM
 
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My son is thinking about attending the Florida State University (engineering college).Can anyone give me some genuine information about the area and surrounding area. I am a school teacher in St. Louis and I'm considering moving to Florida so he can attend this college. I'm curious about the differences in the towns, climate, culture...etc... Also, what school districts should I consider working at in? I spoke with someone at the college that Alachua, Lezy and Marion are the surrounding counties. What school districts would that be and what are the sallaries for an elementary teacher of 15 years with Masters? I could also use some information on housing. Thank you to anyone who can help.
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:36 PM
 
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I think maybe you are wondering about areas surrounding University of Florida, rather than Florida State University.
UF is in Gainesville, and FSU is in Tallahassee.
Hope this helps.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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In Florida, school districts are synonymous with the county. If you are in Alachua county, then you are in the Alachua County School District.

Alachua and Marion counties are dominated by their largest cities, Gainesville and Ocala, respectively. Levy county is very rural and I imagine would be a big culture shock for someone coming from St Louis.

I don't know for sure, but I would imagine that the quality of schools and teacher salaries in Alachua and Marion would be very similar, as the areas have similar demographics.

The main question would be, would you rather live and work in Gainesville or Ocala?

Gainesville is a college town, everything there is dominated by and caters to the university.

Ocala has a high concentration of retirees/snowbirds and the surrounding countryside is dotted with beautiful million-dollar horse farms.
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