Spring Branch Independent School District

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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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3.3 18 reviews

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Spring Branch Independent School District Superintendent Duncan F. Klussmann

Duncan F. Klussmann

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    A bit more sane, but no better than any other school district.

    Substitute Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsAbove average quality school district. Administrators generally have better leadership skills and make more rational decisions than the ones in a certain neighboring district. Teachers also tend to remain employed here longer than the average 1-2 years in that other district.

    ConsNo appeal process for substitutes who are banned from a school, and some of the ban reasons stated have no bearing on actual events. This seems to be an issue at schools in richer parts of the district.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell the administrators in the rich neighborhoods to listen more to their staff and less to whiny kids and bully parents. Otherwise keep up the good work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSchool recently renovated. Convenient location. Teachers helpful and communicate well with parents. Good parental support.

    ConsOne to the 2 remaining SBISD acceptable middle schools, south of I-10 is on a downward spiral. Many of the better teachers exiting, due to lack of planning and lack of cooperation on the principal's part. The school is suddenly accepting transfers now, where in the past it was capped. Students with behavior problems are not disciplined properly, but simply "talked to," and sent back to class. Dress code not enforced.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new principal, please.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good District, But Public Education is Public Education

    Secondary Teacher (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsIt's small enough where you can easily become a leader in your area. Salary by teacher standards is really good. Most people are friendly, helpful and supportive.

    ConsIt's still urban public school and the experience from campus to campus could be totally different. As with everywhere, there is a major emphasis on test scores and students are...students. My campus is increasingly adopting a "blame the teacher" mindset.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, upper level management and our superintendent is great.

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    One of higher paid school districts in town

    Teacher (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsHigher Pay, Good benefits, training available

    ConsSome schools lack comprehensive discipline behavior expectations which affect learning of others and principals are not held accountable for this by district management

    Teachers are inundated with constantly changing assessment models, planning models, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out that out-of-control behavior at certain schools affect the learning of all students and safety and mental health of the teachers. Principals need to be held to higher expectations about school environments

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    Prosstaff encouraged to help each other and easy to ask/get help when needed from peers, lots of continuing ed. opts.

    Consredundancy in record keeping making paperwork more laborious

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    Overall many opportunities existed for teacher knowledge,many good colleagues, much stress

    Teacher (Current Employee)

    Prosmany good colleagues, opportunities to learn new techniques

    Conssome schools needs updating, can be very hot or very cold, administrators need more experience and knowledge, big departments get more money than small, many meetings after school and before school

    Advice to Senior Managementrealize that teaching several preps with new implementations can be too much, some administrators often have limited experience in fields they judge

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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