Douglas County School District (CO)

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Was decent then, but not sure about now...

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Former Employee - Teacher in Castle Rock, CO
Former Employee - Teacher in Castle Rock, CO

I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) part-time (More than a year)

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

Pros

Decent salary, loved the school hours options, involved parents, very much so on top of technological advancement, paid us for taking staff development classes (like $400 per class) and for participating in fitness programs.

Cons

Not very diverse AT all. Some of the administrators that REALLY needed to go, were just left at some schools even though they were not at all being productive. Now however they have no union and salaries are cut, they do not pay into benefits and teacher rights and respect is dwindling.

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  1. GREAT kids/community, AWFUL/corrupt board of education

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Highlands Ranch, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, sharp students (at least at the high school level) that can entertain great conversation, which makes teaching there so much better than just staying on the topic of the class. There are a lot of great teachers to go along with that.

    Cons

    Very shady, corrupt board of education which has definitely made its way into the school. My students ask me (weekly) why teachers keep leaving when those same teachers say how much they love teaching at the school.

    Advice to Management

    They won't take any advice and have made it very clear that what they do is absolute and that no petty teacher is going to influence their mission.

    Advice would be to come to terms with your failed agenda and get back to focusing on the students instead of money!!!!!!!!!! They had $62 million earmarked and refused to say what it would be used for, only to then talk about layoffs....


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Castle Rock, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Castle Rock, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great culture when I was there. Worked with some amazing peers. Nice to know that your work benefits the community.

    Cons

    rapid growth in some areas led to improperly staffed divisions. Middle management are some of the nicest people you will ever meet but they are not good managers. The current trends of the highest levels of administration are bringing a lot of politics into situations that just make everything complicated. Seems like the organization is in the news every week for all the wrong reasons and this creates a lot of distractions.

    But the worst is that the pay they offer is low. Make sure you negotiate the highest salary you can coming in the door because you will not get raises or promotions even when they are promised. It just does not happen.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and open about your objectives. Your employees are not as dumb as you think and don't want to hear the same "spin" you give to the media. They want to know what the leaders are doing and how to support it to make them more successful and their jobs more enjoyable but when you hide what you are really doing and change the target and the rules constantly it eventually just leads to confusion, low morale and burnout and people looking for new opportunities.


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