Clark County School District

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Clark County School District Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
69 Reviews
2.7
69 Reviews
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Dwight D. Jones
23 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits; Decent hourly pay compared to other jobs in Las Vegas; Fun work with kids; Summer's off (in 7 reviews)

  • Most colleagues want to work hard and make a difference (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Your entire life will revolve around test scores (in 5 reviews)

  • Read the statistics about how 35% of all teachers have left the field after one year (in 24 reviews)

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  1.  

    I believe that I am qualified for a high position that I currently hold.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clark County School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I believe that I have much more to offer that I currently provide.

    Cons

    Have no comment in this area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees who have higher experience should be allow to contribute at a higher level that I currently contribute.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Work Overload

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Occupational Therapist in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Occupational Therapist in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clark County School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good continuing education on staff development days. Good network of therapists employed or contracted to CCSD. Therapy materials and test kits available. Good orientation procedures for new therapists. Teachers generally appreciate the contributions of therapists. Days off occur during the summer months and also several weeks during the school year. Medical, dental and other benefits are solid, although not necessarily adequate for all situations.

    Cons

    Very low pay scale for therapists. Only two supervisors for more than 120 therapists. Too many schools assigned to each therapist. Not enough documentation time, so therapists' paperwork often needs to be done at home after work hours. Early IEP meetings at 7 a.m. or meetings after school dismissal can extend a therapist's work day beyond contracted number of hours (e.g the therapist's schedule for one or more work days in a given week is extended when it is often not possible to arrange to leave early or arrive later to compensate).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add supervisors. Raise pay scale in order to recruit more therapists and thus decrease excessive case loads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Trying anything to fix the problem.

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    Current Employee - 8th and 6th Grade English Teacher in North Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - 8th and 6th Grade English Teacher in North Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clark County School District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Chance to work with youth.

    Cons

    It's a large district and experience varies widely between locations. My issues mainly stemmed from inefficiencies in my classroom and atrocious behavior management. Having said that Clark County is a place for a person that is innovative. Many things are going on to improve the failing education system which is a result of poorly managed growth through the boom years. If you are a dreamer you could probably manage to create something and push it through since people are willing to try anything to fix the problems.
    What are the problems? The same as many public institutions. Lack of clarity and follow through, it's just too big and diverse to be managed successfully.
    I was at Swainston Middle School.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split the district.
    Create a teacher training program where teachers are required to be in another teacher's classroom for three years instead of just putting new hires on three years probation when they are hired and giving them way too much responsibility. This training program should look similar to a medical school residency program.
    Incorporate more community members in the everyday teaching process so communities own their schools.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    My experience has been great.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clark County School District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility. Work when you want.

    Cons

    Working around kids can be stressful sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slices of pizza should be cheaper

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Too many politics, not enough resources, low salary-

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clark County School District

    Pros

    Students are the only thing keeping teachers in the classrooms.

    Cons

    Politics, parents, low salary, bad budgeting, bad administration, high turnover, low retention

  7.  

    Teacher Beware

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clark County School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    None ... start off low and stay low.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of parental support, and large class sizes. Union is basically worthless, except to take your dues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they don't care ... it is too big a machine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This organization is top heavy!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clark County School District part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits; Decent hourly pay compared to other jobs in Las Vegas; Fun work with kids; Summer's off

    Cons

    This organization is top heavy. Too many management types who only seem concerned with their own paycheck and patting themselves on the back. Unrealistic expectations for current employees to constantly fill in for positions that have been eliminated, in addition to their own work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting jobs and expecting others to pick up the slack. Allow people to do the job they were hired for, instead of expecting they regularly do work that is in no way part of their job description.

    Happily, Dwight Jones is no longer the Superintendent of Schools for CCSD. Shortly after tremendous salary was paid to him, he broke his contract and left the district. No opinion on the new Superintendent as yet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Took awhile to get hired but it was worth it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clark County School District part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I work as a sub so its very flexible but could work everyday based on grade

    Cons

    wish there were more long term jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great district to work for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Hidden agenda- all is not as it is professed to be!

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Clark County School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you live in Las Vegas and need a decent teacher income, it is the only game in town. That being said, I would not recommend working for them as I have seen many great teachers leave and moral is really down.

    Cons

    Testing is most important, rather than learning. Stress is high at the 7 schools I've had personal experience at in the past 10 years. Teachers are no longer valued as professionals; you must do everything cookie cutter style regardless of experience or expertise. To question the value of new district policies will get you reprimanded. And if you mention contract violation, there is a process to quiet you that fabricates wrongdoing on your part. You can report an unethical boss, but nothing will be done about it.and you will not be afforded the right to transfer, even though the union contract states that you may.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making it clear that teachers must put up with unethical principals no matter what is poor business practice. Moral is vital and respect should be a part of all interactions with teachers- they are the most important piece of the puzzle! It is well documented that the critical factor in regards to student achievement is the teacher in the room! Retain great teachers by valuing their input and allowing them to have a voice in the teaching and learning process. Bullying is unacceptable. The children matter, and are not to be treated like rats in an experiment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    nope

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Clark County School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the teachers who find a way to make it work

    Cons

    no meaningful professional development, expectations without adequate support. sometimes it seems even the people above school-level administration don't have the skill sets to coach and support teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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