There will be an opening for a high school teacher in the Myrtle Beach, SC
area next year. It is desired that the person filling this job be a
practicing artist with in-depth art knowledge and strong classroom management
skills. This is a program that needs a pretty thorough transformation.
Our school district is struggling to keep up with the extremely rapid growth
in our area. We always have 2-3 schools under construction. Our ninth high
school is being constructed as we speak. It is being built to take the
pressure off of my high school and a nearby high school. My school, which
opened in 1997, was built to take the pressure off of the nearby school and
two other high schools. We have spent millions on computer technology and
teacher training. We have a couple of universities and one tech school in the
area. We are also the only state in the union that requires an art teacher
and music teacher in EVERY school in the state, k-12, no matter where, how
big or how poor. It is actually a law. Thank you Dick Riley. I am sorry I do
not know what the salary range is. I will be glad to find out. It is in my
handbook at school. I know that our governor is determined to bring our
salary up to the national level.
Myrtle Beach is the major part of the resort area known as The Grand Strand
which stretches 60 miles from the NC line to Georgetown SC. We have one of
the truly magnificent beaches in this country, over 100 golf courses,
approximately 2000 restaurants, several malls and a variety of entertainment
areas such as Imax Theater, Ripley's Aquarium, amusement parks, etc. We have
our share of high profile attractions such as Hard Rock Cafe, Planet
Hollywood, the House of Blues (where my daughter's wedding reception is going
to be held), the first Nascar theme restaurant and the first Official Allstar
We also have a young but very nice art museum and other natural and
historical museums in the area. We have the world's largest outdoor
collection of American sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens. Washington Allston a w
ell known American Romantic painter was born and grew up on one of the
plantations that make up the grounds of the gardens. All of the museums and
most of the commercial entities have very supportive educational programs. We
have several art organizations such as the guild to which I belong. I
coordinate two to three outdoor art shows for the guild. My guild also
sponsors with the art museum a two county high school student art show with
cash awards. I coordinate that also.
This area was settled by Europeans about 300 years ago and has a rich and
rebellious history. Tales abound about pirates, forbidden romances, and
ghosts galore. At one time we grew the best rice in the world and supplied
much of the world with that same rice. If memory serves me correctly, we even
shipped to China.
All things considered, we are not a bad place to live. And I think we stack
up pretty well as a place to teach.
Let me know if anyone is interested.