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Old 08-13-2008, 08:50 AM
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I am considering a move to South Carolina from New Jersey. We have 2 children, ages 5 and 7. My husband is an elementary Phys. Ed. teacher in Princeton, and likes it very much, and is well paid, has tenure, and our children get to attend Princeton schools for $1750 each per year, this price will probably inch up, how much is unclear. We currently live in a nice section of Trenton (Really! to those of you who know a little, but not everything about Trenton!) I am a Personal Trainer and work at a nearby country club and in private homes. Life is pretty good, but I am really seduced by the slower pace of living and friendliness of the south and wonder if it would be a better life for my husband and I and our children. We have no close friends here, and it is hard to be too active in the Princeton community, as we live 25 minutes away, and I do not care for the Princeton attitude, nor for the Trenton one! Has anyone transferred from teaching in NJ to SC? My husband has about 14 years in experience and the pension. Any suggestions/ opinions are welcome! I am interested in the Beaufort area.
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Old 08-09-2015, 11:53 AM
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Did you get any information about the move to South Carolina? My husband and I are also interested. We are both teachers with about 20 years each in the NJ system. I would appreciate any feedback you received.
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Old 08-14-2015, 05:24 PM
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You should seriously look into salaries down here. They are very, very low. And the cost of living here is equal to NJ (except the taxes). Food, restaurants, hair salons, etc., are just as expensive as NJ. On the other hand, I overhead someone saying that the HHI school system was short on teachers so, I guess there is opportunity.
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:26 AM
Location: Columbia, SC
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Salaries are lower here - other than taxes, housing costs are also much lower.
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:07 PM
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Salaries are much lower and tenure doesn't exist for public school teachers. However, Beaufort County School District has a huge need for teachers (particularly because the cost of living in Beaufort/Hilton Head is very high and the wages are so low).
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:09 PM
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At the end of the school year, about 150 teachers will walk away from their jobs with the Beaufort County School District. That’s about one in every 10 of the district’s teaching force.

That is in addition to about 55 teachers who already left during the year, and the roughly 40 teacher spots that were unfilled at the beginning of the school year.

At 12 percent, Beaufort County schools’ turnover rate for teachers is among the highest in the state and continues to grow almost every year.

The reason: the area’s high cost of living. It’s more expensive to live in the area than in any other S.C. county, according to data from the S.C. Department of Commerce.

Teachers, particularly those in the early years of their careers, struggle to afford housing, food and other necessities and often decide to leave the area. That creates a revolving door of teachers leaving and new ones arriving that hurts students, say district leaders.
Low pay & high cost of living driving exodus of Beaufort County teachers | The State
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:02 PM
Location: Columbia SC
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Pay close attention to the medical plans. Also, I believe there is no such thing as tenure/seniority in SC.

I know several retired NJ teachers living in SC. Most scoff at the salaries and benefits of an SC teacher.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:54 AM
Location: Sumter, SC
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7 year old thread.
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Old 08-22-2015, 09:52 AM
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I taught in SC, moved to NJ and now teach in NJ, and I am looking to go back to SC in the next few years. If you own a house, it makes much more sense to live in SC than NJ. Even though the salary is lower in SC, it makes much more sense to live down there because of the cost of living in NJ. I went from a salary of low 30's to mid 40's in NJ. However, with the high cost of property taxes in NJ and the high cost of owning a home up here, I would much rather be in SC.
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