by Jacqueline Sit
With more students going to Fort Stockton, more teachers are needed to fill the need, but tracking down a place to stay has become a struggle for some.
"I immediately started contacting realtors and then I found if you want to rent a place you can forget it pretty much that's what I was told," Ronald Walker, an Assistant Band Director, said.
Finding a place to live was nearly as complicated as looking for a needle in a haystack, for first time Assistant Band Director Ronald Walker.
"I just kept calling everyday and kept calling the list and didn't find anything until actually, the day I got here," Walker said.
Walker says he got lucky and found a house the day he moved here from San Antonio, but incoming teacher Meagan Bailey didn't have the same good luck.
"I didn't know the market was so tight, I didn't know they were having so many problem finding housing for new teachers," Meagan Bailey, a theatre teacher, said.
It took her three months to find a place to live.
"When I first came down here they said there was no housing, they said they would work really hard to find me a place, and I knew I was supposed to be here and I was supposed to teach," Bailey said.
New baseball coach for Fort Stockton High School Scotty Bruington has a wife and four kids, fortunately, he was able to find a home right away. He got the house of the old baseball coach.
"It's a little tight the house we moved out of, had lots of storage, and I got lots of little kids and that equals lots of toys, and this house doesn't have a lot of storage, so we have quite a bit of stuff in boxes but it's livable," Scotty Bruington, a new baseball coach, said.
These teachers say they're fortunate to find their new homes and now they're looking forward to starting their new jobs in just a few days.