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Old 02-18-2020, 12:25 PM
 
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Hello,
So we are currently living in falling waters, wv (Hagerstown border). My husband has 3.5 years left in military as a station commander. His boss said he could pick wherever he wanted to finish up his time bc he has done so well. We enjoy WV, and would love to stay. My son has extreme medical needs (he doesn’t sit, walk, talk or eat on his own) so Morgantown would make since, since all of his care could be done at WVU. Once he retires he wants to finish his degree (he has about 1.5 years left) up with his GI bill while looking for a job. That’s what we are concerned about. What kind of jobs are abundant or at least obtainable for a middle class family? He has been thinking of finishing his degree in either accounting or administration since that’s what his job has been closely related with. Is this a viable option? Any other suggestions? Thanks


Also, obviously we are a family and have 3 other typical kids from 10, 8, 4 (medical child) and 8 months. I homeschool so districts are only as important if it is a good family location vs young college kid population. I am hoping this will work as the more time we spend in your area the more we really do enjoy it more than the eastern panhandle. I love that I can take him to a hospital with all the specialist he needs while not having to drive alone in Baltimore (or any big city, I just don’t feel comfortable) especially when he is there overnight. Seems like Morgantown is big enough to have all we need while still feeling like a town vs city.

Any thoughts, suggestions are always welcome. Thanks.
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Old 02-19-2020, 10:14 AM
 
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Employment-wise, there are a ton of options. And definitely more than the Falling Waters/Hagerstown/Martinsburg area.

WVU, WVU Hospitals, Mon General, Mylan, Greer, FBI Center in Clarksburg, NIOSH, NETL, any of the oil & gas companies (Calfrac, Profrac, etc.), any local governments, and a ton more. Employment won't be an issue.

Also, I can't recommend public schooling vs. homeschooling enough. But that's another topic for another day. This is America and you're free to make your own decisions.
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Old 02-19-2020, 02:07 PM
 
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Thanks! That makes me feel much better about the job situation.
Yes America is great like that. I see first hand the benefits of homeschooling so none of your comments will sway that decision any other day. I do understand why people assume that though, if you have never been in my shoes or homeschooled a child. I really appreciate the support about the jobs. Any ideas or at least places to look into or I should cross off to look for housing. Thank again.
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Old 02-19-2020, 07:04 PM
 
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I agree. It’s really uncommon to find medical specialty services, even a children’s hospital, like WVU Medicine offers outside of a metro area like Baltimore or Pittsburgh. You’d also have access to a university for him to finish his degree and hopefully have some job options.

The homeschooling community is also extremely robust here. Apply for a co-op early in the school year if you want to be in one because they will fill and won’t accept new students mid-year. Mon and Marion county schools frequently make the top-10 rating list in state, but moving from a district with a 15:1 teacher:student ratio, we were very disappointed to be in a kindergarten class of 23 and told it would be 28-32 per class in middle school. For that and many other reasons, the public schools didn’t work for us and we never planned to homeschool. We’ve found the community to be very positive on homeschooling. We’re seeing better progress and yes, using curriculum and doing social activities including sports, clubs, or co-op 4 days per week. We didn’t plan to be in this situation but it works much better for us here.

Housing is a bit tricky. Many apartments target college students and rent by the bedroom. Many local landlords don’t advertise except word-of-mouth to avoid renting to college students. Suncrest area has a mix of options and is very close to hospital, but feels urbanized in places. It’s generally a good place to start a housing search. Once you’re here you may realize you’d rather be further out in the county or in a neighboring county that’s less expensive or offers more land. Best of luck!

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Old 02-19-2020, 09:45 PM
 
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I will vouch that WVU's medical facilities are outstanding, and it is a community with a good balance between being rural while still growing and developing. Traffic isn't fun through, but otherwise my experiences in Morgantown have all been very positive.

I live 70 miles away, so I can't speak much for specific jobs or the best neighborhoods to live in.
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:10 AM
 
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I agree. It’s really uncommon to find medical specialty services, even a children’s hospital, like WVU Medicine offers outside of a metro area like Baltimore or Pittsburgh. You’d also have access to a university for him to finish his degree and hopefully have some job options.
That is exactly the reason we are so drawn to Morgantown! We had come to the realization that he needs to be near a large specialty hospital so we had settled on having to bite bullet and settle in a metro area even though neither of us are city people. We love to visit, but it would be torture to live in a metro area all the time. We would have done it of course, but when we realzied that WVU had ALL his specialist in a moderate size town, that was in a state we had truly love! My husband loves the fact that he can graduate from a university that he actually can get into sports with (since living here we have adopted WVU already as a family)
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The homeschooling community is also extremely robust here. Apply for a co-op early in the school year if you want to be in one because they will fill and won’t accept new students mid-year. Mon and Marion county schools frequently make the top-10 rating list in state, but moving from a district with a 15:1 teacher:student ratio, we were very disappointed to be in a kindergarten class of 23 and told it would be 28-32 per class in middle school. For that and many other reasons, the public schools didn’t work for us and we never planned to homeschool. We’ve found the community to be very positive on homeschooling. We’re seeing better progress and yes, using curriculum and doing social activities including sports, clubs, or co-op 4 days per week. We didn’t plan to be in this situation but it works much better for us here.
That is great to know! Yes, homeschooling was NOT our original plan either, but I have been amazed at how well it has worked for us. I would never go back. A lot of people don't realize that testing wise, homeschool kids tend to out rank public school kids by leaps and bounds. Everyone is entitled to educate their children the way they feel is best, and I am so glad to have the option that works for us. Thank you for letting me know your input.

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Housing is a bit tricky. Many apartments target college students and rent by the bedroom. Many local landlords don’t advertise except word-of-mouth to avoid renting to college students. Suncrest area has a mix of options and is very close to hospital, but feels urbanized in places. It’s generally a good place to start a housing search. Once you’re here you may realize you’d rather be further out in the county or in a neighboring county that’s less expensive or offers more land. Best of luck!
We definitely don't want a ton of land. We have that now with 5 acres, and a huge house. With my sons need we just want a smaller 1 story house with not much of a yard to care for. We love getting out and exploring on the weekend, not being tied into yard work and upkeep. We have even thought of condos to eliminate all yard work, but with my son being in a wheelchair it has been super hard to find anything that would be suitable for him. His needs will always come first as we want this to be our forever home and it needs to be suitable for him for the rest of his life. If he ever does learn to walk, having a single story will just be an added bonus. We had thought of Fairmont, but will cross that bridge when we get there. I personally would love living super close with all his therapies, now I spend 28 min each way several times a week and it just eats up so much of our day.

Thanks for all your insight! It was extremely helpful.
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Old 02-26-2020, 09:44 AM
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Homeschooling done correctly by the right people will outperform even the best public schooling. If you want to be close to therapy places for your kid I'd look into the Suncrest area and they have some ranch homes although they may be a bit dated.
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Old 02-26-2020, 12:34 PM
 
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Homeschooling done correctly by the right people will outperform even the best public schooling. If you want to be close to therapy places for your kid I'd look into the Suncrest area and they have some ranch homes although they may be a bit dated.
The issue isn't "outperforming". It's social interaction.
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Old 02-26-2020, 03:32 PM
 
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The issue isn't "outperforming". It's social interaction.
The Suncrest area is close to a very nice municipal park, Krepps Park, and also includes multiple housing options. It is near the area's largest employers, and about 1 mile from nice shopping options, and less than that from a Kroger supermarket. Since Morgantown is a place people want to be for work, play, and living there is a lot of traffic, especially during certain time periods.

There are virtually non stop sports of very high caliber with WVU, and a minor league baseball team too. In addition, the community is around 1 hour from the southern end of Pittsburgh, and, as you undoubtedly know, around 3 1/2 hours from DC/Baltimore and 3 hours from Cleveland. Outdoor amenities abound here, with Cheat Lake, Tygart Lake (about 40 minutes away), thousands of acres of protected forest land, and the western edge of the Allegheny mountain range just 5 miles away. Whitewater rafting is also available in the Cheat River Canyon as well as the Youghiogheny ("Yough") River 40 to 45 minutes from Morgantown.

There is a thriving arts scene in this area with concerts and national touring acts provided by the WVU Arts and Entertainment series as well as the internal offerings of this state's premier doctoral level creative arts institution, literally across from the Suncrest area. The cultural attributes available in Pittsburgh are without equal west of the mountains until you get to Chicago. The museums and galleries there are first rate in every regard. Pittsburgh also offers professional baseball and football at the top levels.

Most shortcomings here are the result of this state's incredibly incompetent state government and the political biases inherent therein, but this area has so much to offer it is worth putting up with their inadequate infrastructure and retarded system of taxation.

In terms of social interaction, home schooling is obviously deficient, but every family has to answer that question for themselves. Is it worth sacrificing that to have home schooling? Obviously it is in the eye of the beholder, but in any event, if they choose to enroll in public schools, Monongalia County's schools are among the best in West Virginia.
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Old 02-29-2020, 11:20 AM
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The issue isn't "outperforming". It's social interaction.

Studies have shown this isn't the case because those students can get the social interaction through clubs and other groups and be eligible for sports if the Tebow bill goes through.
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