GAS PRICES have forced me to look for a job closer to home All summer, I have been on the fence about this. There appears to be no relief for rising costs of inflation and gas prices. I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE MY DISTRICT but I have to look out for myself and family. I drive 30-40 minutes to my schools. I have been happily doing this for almost 10 years. This school year, it will cost me $80 a week to make that commute. That is roughly $4000 in gas for the school year. I will make $46K this year so you can see this is a huge expense. I applied at a school walking distance from my house. It had a reputation for being one of the best, urban districts in my area. Recently, the district has been in the news for a rise in behavior problems and the public wants the superintendent's head on a lance. They pay over $50K for level 1 teachers. If I get an interview and offer, I expect a minimum $55K. I applied at another school that is an equal commute as my current school BUT I will make the extra money to afford the gas. I have heard from sources that my level of experience would be over $51K plus a $1200 "signing bonus". I never thought I would have to leave my district. My district is small, rural, and still holds many common sense values that are being lost in our complicated and sometimes bizarre world of education. It really is a wonderful place to work and retire. I will miss it if things happen and I need to pack up my stuff. Some teachers hop from job to job, are always looking for more money, or think the grass is greener elsewhere. I'm not that person. I feel like I'm letting down my staff and students. For what it's worth, what would YOU do?