Because of the small population, the school is in danger of closing almost every year. In Alaska, a school must have ten children enrolled to stay open. Pilot Point will have 11-14 children enrolled this year, in grades K-11. The school only has two teachers, and they must work very collaboratively to serve the wide grade ranges. I'll primarily be working with elementary students for core academic subjects, and I'll also be serving as the sites Head Teacher (think added responsibility when the principal isn't on site and lots of paperwork). Another random factoid that I've learned, thus far, is that there are three school-owned teacher housing units. There is a one bedroom, a two bedroom, and a four bedroom. The one bedroom is strictly used for the principal or other itinerant staff when they travel to the village. All of the houses have basic furnishings (furniture, washer/dryer, etc) and are located only steps from the school doors.
Businesses are hard to come by in the community, but there are three establishments: the grocery store, the post office, and the medical clinic. The medical clinic sounds similar to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center that Cody and I currently use. There is a medical professional on-staff, but you have to be flown to Anchorage for anything serious (on BI we have to be flown to Charlevoix). As, for the post office, mail will be slooooow. Think, like, ordering something and waiting six weeks for it to arrive. Lots of planning is going to be needed for holidays and such. All of our household goods will have to be mailed to PIP from Beaver Island in Rubbermaid totes WAY in advance.
The information I've gathered so far has definitely been eye opening. No matter how much we learn, I do not doubt that this move will be a huge change and adventure for my family. At this point in our lives, we feel totally up to the challenge and overwhelmingly excited to get moving on everything. It'll be fun to share this new adventure on the blog, and I hope everyone is looking forward to the shift in content!
Your turn...What are some interesting facts about the town that you live in?
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