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It has been a good run.

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Current Employee - Substitute Teacher/Dean of Students  in  New Haven, CT
Current Employee - Substitute Teacher/Dean of Students in New Haven, CT

I have been working at New Haven Public Schools part-time for more than 5 years

Pros

One of the best things about working for the Board of Ed in New Haven are the people I work with and the students I coach.

Cons

Sometimes it takes a long time to get things done but not often.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your people in the schools

Recommends
Positive Outlook

7 Other Employee Reviews for New Haven Public Schools (View Most Recent)

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    Great place to learn about working for a municipality or large public school district

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    Former Employee - Director, Information Technology Department  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Director, Information Technology Department in New Haven, CT

    I worked at New Haven Public Schools for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Challenging work environment
    - CEO, at the time, cared about the students
    - Hard work is eventually recognized at all staff levels
    - Will at least allow flexible schedules to pursue advanced degree, although they do not reimburse.

    Cons

    - Compensation is low, compared to other school districts, for non-instructional employees
    - Management, for the most part, does not listen to employee feedback
    - There is simply no policy for staff development for non-instructional/operations staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review non-instructional employee/manager compensation against similar organizations and ensure it is in-line. In addition, provide career pathing/progression for non-instruction/operations staff. Remember, your staff is your greatest resource!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    No retirement benefits for hundreds of employees.

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    Former Employee - Architect/Project Manager (School Construction)  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Architect/Project Manager (School Construction) in New Haven, CT

    I worked at New Haven Public Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A well-educated, diverse workforce, and committed, dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    Hundreds of full-time unionized employees have no retirement benefits (no pension and no match). State and federal grants pay to fund benefits that are not provided to the workers. Surplus grant funds are then used to fatten the City General Fund, keeping the mill rate artificially low (48% lower than Hartford). Decisions about who is covered by the pension plan are sometimes arbitrary. Some employees are misclassified as Special Fund employees and are denied retirement benefits, even though their positions are funded in the General Fund budget. The City reimburses itself for General Fund payroll through municipal bonds, and then treats the affected employees as if they were funded by grants. The unions collude with the City on these decisions, to the detriment of the workers. There are no career paths, no promotions, and no training or professional development. There are no employee performance reviews, and performance is not rewarded. If you speak out to correct injustice, you risk layoff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide good jobs with good benefits and opportunities for advancement. Provide the benefits that the grants pay you to provide. Perform an ethical self-assessment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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