On a good day, it takes fourth-grade teacher Montserrat Granados about 35 minutes to commute between her home in Ault to Irish Elementary School in Fort Collins. On a bad one, she's stuck in her car for 50 minutes.
"I wish it was something I didn't have to deal with," Granados said. "But I love Poudre School District."
When Granados was hired by the district a couple years ago, she didn't make enough money to purchase property in Fort Collins or nearby Laporte or Wellington. She ended buying a home in Ault, about 20 miles east, instead.
Granados' situation isn't unique: the starting salary for Poudre School District teachers is the lowest in the region. But that could change next year.