Boulder Valley School District Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Basketball Official

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, flexible schedule, fun times!

    Cons

    Travel, pay schedules often behind and late.

    Advice to Management

    Improved communication is always helpful.


  2. Lacrosse Coach

    Former Employee - Co-Head Mens Lacrosse Coach in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Co-Head Mens Lacrosse Coach in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to share my knowledge and love for the gram of lacrosse with the youth. Made a lot of solid connections and friendships over the years.

    Cons

    Not enough time in the season to get to work on everything we would like to work on and teach. School District only allows for a couple of paid positions per program and pay usually doesn't compare with time put in.


  3. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employer, always believed in empowering you to be a better employee.

    Cons

    Low Salary and increases are not great after steps have been exhausted.


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  5. Finally a school district that pays well!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boulder Valley School District

    Pros

    Good pay and lots of opportunities to take on extra contracts. Progressive school district that serves a increasingly diverse student population.

    Cons

    Still a traditional public school district that must meet the increasingly ridiculous demands put on them by state/national agencies - i.e. assess, assess, assess.


  6. Great for educators, staff and students.

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. 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.


  8. Engaged students and phenomenal colleagues.

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Qualified and passionate staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  10. Very Professional leaders who also manage well

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    well aimed and operated organization

    Cons

    dealing with fixed and aging tax revenue base


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    It's all about PR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boulder Valley School District

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Taxpayers and their kids deserve better: get some ethics.



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