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Great Drivers and Staff for the Transportation Department

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Current Employee - Bus Driver in Federal Way, WA
Current Employee - Bus Driver in Federal Way, WA

I have been working at Federal Way Public Schools

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

Everyone is very friendly and they will try to help you out the best they can. You get training to know their rules and you get training to take your CDL test. A lot of the kids are nice and you can talk to them.

Cons

Starting out and being there for quite a few years it will take a while to gain any seniority. So you may be working part time (20-25) for a very long time. You have opportunities to get extra work through middays and field trips, but that is based on seniority. As a sub you can get more hours sometimes, but you don't get any of the benefits or paid holidays.

Advice to Management

You guys are all so caring and appreciative towards the drivers. Just keep being positive and you will be great!

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  1. Hard work in an environment that is not respected or regarded as important by management at any level.

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    Former Employee - Classroom Instructor
    Former Employee - Classroom Instructor

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co-workers, for the most part, were exemplary. Very well prepared staff, educationally and professionally, to take on the responsibilities of the education of youth. Good attitude of sharing among staff members in many cases and situations. The support staff on the district and school levels proved to be very helpful.

    Cons

    There existed a constant lack of respect on the part of management (supervisors, principals, assistant principals) of the teaching staff and the support staff. This lack of respect was particularly evident on both the school site and from the district office administrators, including the human resources directors. Even the support staff had serious reservations and was consistently cautious around and in view of administrative staff at all levels, district and school. There is a strong disconnect between management and worker in many of the schools within this school district.

    Advice to Management

    Adminstrators at both school and district levels need to come to grips with the reality that the teaching and support staff is on the same team as you are in the supposed leadership positions that you occupy. The feeling of mistrust and lack of respect that leadership demonstrates is infectious and is a cancer to the overall education process. The leadership echelon does NOT have the best interests of the student(s) at heart, and in spite of all of the "hype" to the contrary, that disrespect really stands out at all levels of "leadership." It seriously compromises the marvelous efforts of most of the teachers and support staff employees.


  2. This year long position is a good opportunity for professional growth but does have some drawbacks.

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    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Federal Way Public Schools-AmeriCorps provides the opportunity to gain experience in the education field and work closely with students. Tutors assigned to elementary schools work alone while middle school and high school tutors work as part of a 4 or 6 person team. The program tends to hire people with various backgrounds and coming from different parts of the country. Tutors receive ample experience in working as part of a very diverse team. There are also mandatory trainings in relevant topics such as team building, cultural competency and student behavior management.

    Cons

    Supervisors has a tendency to have low expectations of their employees, occasionally assigning mundane and or unnecessary tasks. There is a decent amount of downtime at the school sites where no work is being done and the tutors' only assignment is to sit in the office and watch the clock. While there is some professional training, there could have been more instruction and continued support regarding how to tutor students.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look into providing additional training sessions to employees and seek to update technology currently used. Better incentives to stay for more than a single 1 year term may help ensure a steady amount of veterans who can provide guidance for newcomers.


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