Boulder Valley School District

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Boulder Valley School District Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great teachers, great students, good district

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Full-time Language Arts Teacher Then Substitute Teacher in Boulder, CO
    Current Contractor - Full-time Language Arts Teacher Then Substitute Teacher in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Boulder Valley School District as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    BVSD is a great place to work with talented, engaged teachers and a student population dominated by interesting, educated families. People at BVSD believe in and are committed to education. Compensation and benefits are pretty good, especially compared to other districts in the area.

    Cons

    It's a giant district, so there is bureaucracy. The job comes with traditional teacher hours, meaning summers off but expect make up for it during the school year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you add something to a teacher's docket, look to see what you can remove when possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great for educators, staff and students.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Boulder Valley School District part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The education and well being of students still comes first here. This is one of the few districts left that still appreciates good teachers and retains them.

    Cons

    It's hard to get in because many experienced teachers are coming here for jobs.

  3.  

    Great people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District

    Pros

    When you find a fit, you will want to stay for the people. The Superintendent has been bringing a genuine emphasis on consensus decision making to the District and it has a meaningful impact on creating a culture of authenticity. The communities care deeply about education - as one would expect they should. Salary is favorable when compared in Colorado. Learning opportunities are readily available when you are proactive.

    Cons

    Such high turnover at the building leader level is surprising in such a destination location. Does it point to an underlying issue?
    This is still Colorado, so while communities care, overall/statewide they care more about low property taxes as evidenced by low per-pupil spending. The impact for Boulder is that the salaries are low when compared to national numbers for locations with similar costs of living and the education level of the Boulder community.

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  5.  

    Qualified and passionate staff

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boulder Valley School District part-time

    Pros

    Offers some of the best salaries in the state with engaged parents and staff who are passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Some complain of transparency issues and upper management (principals, VPs) using schools as stepping stones to higher positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Engaged students and phenomenal colleagues.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you entered the teaching profession because you love your content and the world of ideas, if you enjoy teaching with A+ faculty and learning along with motivated students, then Summit is a good fit for you. The focus is on academic learning, and it is OK to be a little nerdy. Teachers have a lot of control over how they teach and the materials they use. There is also less emphasis on test scores than in many other schools these days.

    Cons

    As a small charter with a reputation for excellence (3 national blue ribbons), expectations are very high, and while some find the environment invigorating, others find it pretty stressful. Parents are very demanding, but civil for the most part. However, if you have trouble setting boundaries, burnout may be a real challenge. The school is also governed by a parent Board of Directors, not educators, so you should expect to spend more time explaining (and sometimes justifying) what you do than you would in a regular public school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modify the Board make-up to include some people who are not parents; give more authority to the principal for the running of the school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    BVSD is a great school district to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - BLAST Instructor in Boulder, CO
    Current Contractor - BLAST Instructor in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Boulder Valley School District as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I had a contract job with the Transportation department and it was great. At least for my job I had:

    - good pay
    - opportunity to advance
    - great coworkers
    - a great supervisor
    - lots of trust and responsibility

    My position was grant-funded and part of the national Safe Routes to School program. It was very efficient, had great contributors, and is growing well.

    Cons

    - For another position at BVSD, the hiring process was incredibly slow
    - Some departments don't receive benefits
    - The first year, the employees for my program were not as good because many were bus drivers from the transportation department since that was the department the program was under, but as the program has grown, the HR for it has gotten better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very Professional leaders who also manage well

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    well aimed and operated organization

    Cons

    dealing with fixed and aging tax revenue base

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about PR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District

    Pros

    Teacher pay is high for Colorado. The parent community is generally super supportive. Class sizes are reasonable. Tax hikes are always approved by voters, so facilities and program budgets are in good shape.

    Cons

    While there are some exceptions, most BVSD central office administrators are more interested in projecting self-serving PR than really getting down to the business of serving students well. Although most of the kids served by the district are high achievers (like their parents), those that need extra help may find themselves in a dicey situation. The district is constantly being cited by CDE for being out of compliance with laws. Sucking up is a prerequisite to advancement in the central office. If you get a job at one of the schools with a cool principal (one who is not too tied to the dysfunction in the central office), you might be in for a good experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Taxpayers and their kids deserve better: get some ethics.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not the best experience for a temporary employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Boulder, CO
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with students was great as well as my team members

    Cons

    New upper leadership reduced team collaboration and productivity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Room for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Specialist in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Boulder Valley School District

    Pros

    Reputation for teaching excellence
    Commitment to technology implementation

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement
    Limited professional growth activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth, not just the work

    No opinion of CEO

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