Clay County School District

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Updated February 4, 2015
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  1. Positive Working Community

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    County in general seems to care about their teachers, I personally have had a much better teaching experience than I have had in other counties.

    Cons

    As always, with the nature of teaching, testing chips away at the actual teaching you feel you can do. The state is always adding "stuff" to be completed.

  2. Clowns

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    Current Employee - Painter in Green Cove Springs, FL
    Current Employee - Painter in Green Cove Springs, FL

    I have been working at Clay County School District full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and a ton of time off.

    Cons

    Without a doubt, the most unprofessional group of people I have not only worked with, but heard of. The employees expel more energy trying to do nothing and not be caught, than what it would require to do the petty task at hand.

    Advice to Management

    Micro-management is a morale destroyer. The terrible pay is not enough to keep a decent employee from looking for another job.

  3. Engage and Innovate

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Orange Park, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orange Park, FL

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    CCSD is a growing district that is leading the faculty in innovative and engaging professional development. The students are a wonderful clientele that is eager to learn with active and engaged parental involvement.

    Cons

    The political infighting within the county is making the district unstructured. There is a great deal of aligning with the "right" people and punishment if not aligned correctly.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on job performance and not political affiliation.

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  5. Great, caring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Green Cove Springs, FL
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Green Cove Springs, FL

    I have been working at Clay County School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Administration cares about their teachers

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are horrible!

    Advice to Management

    None

  6. Teaching Science in Clay County

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Green Cove Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Green Cove Springs, FL

    I worked at Clay County School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Clay County is one of the highest rated school districts in Florida. It is an enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    Teachers can no longer earn tenure.
    The state keeps implementing new programs, so there is training every year on a variety of programs that only hinder teachers' creativity.

  7. A once growing district that has lost focus of students and teachers

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Middleburg, FL
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Middleburg, FL

    I worked at Clay County School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Small towns and communities, newer schools, small to large schools, rich history, veteran teachers to mentor new teachers

    Cons

    Politics, power hungry administration, poor money/budget management, lack of salary increase, poor health benefits

    Advice to Management

    Bring the focus back to the student

  8. Friendly coworkers and students, administration needs improvement

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Celina, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Celina, TN

    I worked at Clay County School District full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I taught at Celina K-8 Elementary School. Coworkers were friendly and helpful. The students for the most part are well behaved.

    Cons

    Administration has their own ideas as to how subjects should be taught even though the may have little or no experience teaching the subject.

  9. All good reviews, no contract renewal.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Middleburg, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Middleburg, FL

    I have been working at Clay County School District

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I'm sure that it all depends on which school you are working in with which principal. There were some good opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    I worked in RideOut Elementary School as a brand new, straight out of college teacher. I was teaching a self-contained special education class, given no curriculum, not materials, no guidance. Assistant principal came in about a month into school and asked why I wasn't using a particular reading program and why hadn't I told her that I had not been trained in the program, because they would have sent me in August (then end of September). They made it my fault that I wasn't using the curriculum that I was never provided. Throughout the year I was given good reviews, but was then told that I would not be offered a contract for the following school year. The principal told me this 15 minutes before the buses arrived on a Wednesday morning, which seemed inconsiderate to me and irresponsible as I was slightly shaken throughout the school day that I spent with students, and I hadn't planned on coming back the following year anyway!

    Advice to Management

    Support new teachers. In the interview the principal talked about balancing work and life in order to not burn out... I think if school leaders offered guidance and support to their teachers they would be less likely to burn out!

  10. Public school teaching is a thankless job!

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Clay County School District

    Pros

    There are benefits to working for a small town school district.

    Cons

    Public school teaching is a thankless job with little (no) opportunity for advancement+

  11. Ok to teach, but next to impossible to get promoted.

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Clay County School District

    Pros

    The pay, as far as teaching goes, is one of the best in the area. The district is very big on professional development although most is done in-house.

    Cons

    I have been trying for five years now to get into administration and there is still no hope in sight. It's totally based on who you know and not so much on your own experience and merits. There is not much recognition for doing a great job and the district makes changes in testing, programs, policies constantly. The only thing constant is change. Seems that many decisions are made without much foresight and without the input of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better way to select candidates into administration. It is currently a very unfair system and you are losing many good employees due to frustration with the hiring process.

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