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Old 09-20-2007, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Hawthorne, NV
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Default Moving to Brookings...need help, info!!!!

Hi!!! We are a family of 4 moving to Brookings Oregon in February. My daughter is 6 and my son is 4. I've heard you have to pay for pre-school and I am willing to do so. Education is a must. I've also heard that Brookings has great schools, but they don't expect as much from students as other states. Is this true? What is the student/teacher ratio? What kind of extra curriculum is offered? Do they have a bully prevention program? After school tutoring programs? Overall, what kind of reputation does the school have?
We are not looking to buy a house just yet. From what I've heard now is not the best time. I've sent for a relocation packet, but all we've received is houses for sale. I DEFINITELY need help with rentals. Looking for a 3 bdrm with the possibility of a yard for the kids.
A few more questions...How bad is the violence? Not bad from what I've heard. No gangs, right? I've heard the drugs are pretty bad there...well the meth. Is this true?
Also, I have plenty of experience in job fields. Currently I am Human Resources/Payroll over about 180 employees. I was a desk clerk before that and BEFORE that I was a customer service rep for Farmers Insurance. My boyfriend has experience in line cooking, prep cooking and different trades in construction. How are the jobs there? Is there many available? I do read the Curry Pilot everyday online.
Definitely CANNOT wait to get there. The people there are WONDERFUL. We lost our cell phone on Whaleshead Beach and somebody brought it to the resort. HOW NICE!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP!

Last edited by Amber-n-Family; 09-20-2007 at 12:44 PM.. Reason: Forgot to ask about jobs! LOL
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I go down there every few weeks. Was camping at the state park last weekend.

Small town - how many jobs can we expect? A few anyhow.

At least you could temporarily work at Crecent City or Gold Beach if you needed to. Or in Smith River.

Chamber of Commerce have anything useful for you? I'm sure they are listed.
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Hawthorne, NV
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I have looked at every possible website I can for Brookings. They just can't answer the silly questions I have...well I don't think they're silly. Especially the ones about the schools. Those are the most important questions to me. The school in Hawthorne is the reason I wanted to move in the first place.
Any bit helps.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:37 PM
 
Location: South Coastal OR
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Hi Amber,

Your questions aren't silly, you're looking for in depth information about schools for your kids. That's pretty important! It's great to do your homework before you move.

I was curious as to why you are moving here, and from where. I'm in my mid-50s and my husband is in his early 60s and semi-retired. We moved here for retirement. It's a nice area; I love the natural beauty, the ocean, the big trees, and the weather is fabulous. But as a 'big-city girl,' the town itself leaves much to be desired. I moved here over three years ago, and became semi-involved in the community. There's good and bad, but I guess that's true of every place.

I found this website about the schools: Brookings-Harbor School Dist. 17c. Not sure how in depth it is.

Check out our local paper, too. The Curry Coastal Pilot which is published biweekly. CurryPilot.com The online edition doesn't offer an awful lot, so you should consider subscribing to it now and that way, you'll be able to look through the want-ads for jobs and the real estate listings for rentals. There's currently a job with the city open which you'd probably qualify for but it probably won't still be available come February. You should be able to find something fairly easy with your skills, though.

There is not a great amount of crime around here, from what I've seen. The meth situation isn't nearly as bad as it is along the I-5 corridor, Medford, Central Point, etc. It's here, no doubt, but I haven't seen much of it. Like any town, certain areas are better than others. By reading the Pilot, which has a Police Log in every edition, you'll start getting a feel for which areas are bad.

I haven't heard a lot of good things said about the schools, but the truth is, I haven't heard a lot about them in general, since I don't have school-age kids. I do know that Brookings High School did pretty well last year in a local debating/quiz tv show that airs locally (out of Medford, NBC channel) where they went up against schools from all over Southern Oregon. They came in second. But in comparison to the public-school education I received on the East Coast in the late 50s, 60s and 70s, I think all the schools have fallen below those standards I was fortunate to experience. I know a lot of people home school now, and I'm starting to believe that's the way to go.

Hope this information helps.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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I have looked at every possible website I can for Brookings. They just can't answer the silly questions I have...well I don't think they're silly. Especially the ones about the schools. Those are the most important questions to me. The school in Hawthorne is the reason I wanted to move in the first place.
Any bit helps.
That's what a phone is for.

Like the Chamer of Commerce. I called them and dropped-in in person to talk to them about something local to that area - not visit their website (if they have one).

Important questions are often not answered by a website.

I doubt the chamber would have much for you, but they may have some leads.

Who knows, you may need to register on myspace and enter the zip code of Brookings to PM myspacers from that area, using the browse function, regarding your questions. Its one of the few good uses for myspace, but it works.

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Old 09-21-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Hawthorne, NV
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Default Thanks for the info FURYU!

I hail from Hawthorne, Nevada and have been there my entire life of 27 yrs. I am BIG BIG BIG into the outdoors life and I just went to Brookings for the first time...well my first time to Oregon the weekend after Labor Day. I FELL IN LOVE. My sister is pregnant and her boyfriend lives there. For three years she has been trying to talk me into moving to Oregon and I kept saying NONONO, it rains too much. Well, she finally convinced me to atleast look it up online. That was 3 months ago and I've been hooked ever since! When I went there for the weekend it only made it worse. I am from a small town and big cities scare me. I don't need/want a mall or movie theater or dining out. All I need is the outdoors and my children have followed me in that way.

Can you tell me a little about your involvement in the community? I hear they put on some great plays there. My friend Jasmine was in one just recently.

I really wanted to move in November, but I don't see it financially until February. My children currently share a room, but they are getting too old for that. A 3 bdrm is the ONLY way I can go. The rent is atleast twice what I pay here, plus deposits and everything. I wouldn't mind starting out as a desk clerk. I see that a lot in the online version of the Curry Pilot.

I will definitely subscribe to the Curry Pilot. Thanks for the idea. I didn't know they didn't offer the whole paper, but I should have guessed.

Thanks you for the info about the school. I like the tv show idea. Ideal for my daughter. She's a little drama queen, but aren't we all at 6 yrs old? I agree with you that all schools have fallen below the standards we had when we went to school and I am younger than you. I don't have the patience to homeschool my children. I have to apologize to my daughter nightly while doing homework b/c I get aggravated.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:16 PM
 
Location: South Coastal OR
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Hi Amber,

Sounds like you're perfectly suited for this small-town living. And actually, Brookings has everything one needs, just not a lot of different 'sources' for those needs. And yes, there's a drama group that puts on plays all year round. And we get some concerts now & then, here in Brookings and in surrounding areas, so there is some culture! And quite a few art stores, a couple of small book stores, both new and used books. Fred Meyers, which I'm sure you checked out, is 'the' place to get groceries, clothes, garden supplies, etc. It's a huge meeting place too... you always run into someone you know at Freddies and wind up shooting the breeze for a half hour.

It's a nice community, all in all. Lots of churches and church going people. And in contrast, there is a fairly significant gay/lesbian population. So, the area attracts all kinds. Homeless people as well, sad to say. But it's the type of community that really tries to help others.

And then you have the power-mongers who try to take over things and make life miserable for others! But we don't need go into that. Most people probably don't even notice ... or care.

The rain isn't that bad. We had a few 'spits' of rain about two-three weeks ago, one day it was sort of rainy, and that was that. The rainy season can start in earnest sometime in October, maybe November (it's hard to generalize nowadays, since the climate is changing globally) and lasts through March, maybe April. But even during that time, we'll have numerous sun-filled warm days. Brookings has that unique climate you've probably heard about. A little micro climate where it's generally warmer and drier than other coastal Oregon towns.

The thing that makes this town GREAT is the access to the Pacific ocean. There are so many different beaches to go to nearby, all of them generally deserted of people, and all beautiful. You literally can walk for a half hour or more in any direction along some beaches and never run into a soul, although you'll look out and see the sea lions just off shore sticking their heads up out of the water, checking YOU out! And the herons slowing stalking their prey along the tide pools, the seagulls and other sea birds swooping and hollering overhead. You can jog up the Chetco River and get lost in thick forests, hunt for mushrooms, inhale the musky aromas. This area is definitely heaven for any outdoor loving person.

The Pilot online is NOT the complete paper and I don't think it runs 1/4 of the want ads and real estate listings. So you really should have it mailed to you. Or maybe just have your sister or your friend save up a few weeks worth at a time and mail 'em to you occasionally.

I think all day care centers charge, don't they? I don't know of any publicly-paid ones. Some organizations now offer their employees day-care services, but I doubt that's the case here in Brookings.

Good luck... and maybe we'll run in to each other someday at ... Freddies!
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Hawthorne, NV
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I can't wait to get there. I'll also be taking Mr. Vaden's advice about using the telephone. I can start calling probably around the first of the year to find out which houses are for rent. BTW, MR. VADEN - you have some BEAUTIFUL pics on your website.
Hawthorne only has a Safeway and a McDonalds (yuck) and a casino of course. Which is where I work currently. So if there is no jobs directly in Brookings, I can always check out the casino in Smith River!
I emailed the Superintendant of the school and told her that we were coming down the first week of November and that I'd love to meet with someone, because Rheagan would love to see where she'll be going to school.
Oh, the power mongers...wonderful people. You can't get away from them no matter where you go. I'm not much into politics, or greedy people, or mean people for that matter. They don't bother me.
In Hawthorne, we can apply for Children's Cabinet, which helps pay for child care, but unless your a single druggie mother, you end up paying most of it. Only the mothers who don't try to do good for their children are the ones who get help. I hear it's only like that in Nevada, though. I don't mind paying for child care, especially if my little one will be learning and WELL taken care of.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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Default Brookings Oregon

We live in Gold Beach, and we love the area, we are thinking of moving down to Brookings, just to be closer to where my husband works. The job market here can be tough, as it is mostly a tourist area, so things get slim in the winter when the tourists stop showing. There is a great Charter School here you should look into, one on one teaching, great teachers, and alot of extra curricular activities. Brookings has an awesome park, that is safe and fun for the kiddos, and alot of great and easy on the pocketbook places for kids to eat, plus nicer restaurants for special dates with just your boyfriend/hubby. Wal-mart is a 30 minute (at most) drive from Brookings but there is also a Fred Meyers in Brookings, there is a Home Depot in Crescent City now also and a Payless Shoes (my childrens doctor says they have the most supportive kids shoes there that are actually better for the kids then the more expensive ones) Brookings also has a dollar store, where we buy all our toothpaste, shampoos etc, and save lots of $$. Most of them are brand name items. Yes it does rain alot here, but the warmer winter temps make it bearable, and in the summer it stays cooler, so it is actually fun to go to the park in mid summer, without getting heat exhaustion! There are lots of outdoor activities, go down into No. Cal and walk through redwoods, or hike beach trails, or go tide pooling. Kids love all of these! We have six, and I homeschool so we spend alot of time outdoors enjoying nature. I have seen several 3 bed places in the paper this week for a reasonable (for this area) price around 850 plus deposit. And look into working for Human Services here, they always have openings. Good Luck!
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:23 AM
 
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I forgot to mention Head Start which is a free preschool for low-middle income families. My older boys attended the one here in Gold Beach before I started homeschooling and we loved it. Great meals, they teach manners, letters, and numbers, go on field trips, not the greatest preschool but for free it is pretty good.
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