Clay County School District

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Clay County School District Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great, caring

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    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)

    Pros

    Administration cares about their teachers

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are horrible!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Engage and Innovate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on job performance and not political affiliation.

    Recommends
  3.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Bring the focus back to the student

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Friendly coworkers and students, administration needs improvement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Celina, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Celina, TN

    I worked at Clay County School District full-time (more than an year)

    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.

    Recommends
  7.  

    All good reviews, no contract renewal.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Middleburg, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Middleburg, FL

    I have been working at Clay County School District

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    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+

  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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