Fowler Elementary School District

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Updated October 31, 2014
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  1. An ordinary school District

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fowler Elementary School District (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    As with most school districts in Arizona, if you take a job at Fowler, you are set for life. Their turnover rate is fairly high, but that is people leaving for better pay. Most people who go to work here enjoy their time here.

    Cons

    Fowler covers a difficult demographic. The population is predominately Hispanic, and with that the immigrant population is high. This results in a steep learning curve for students new to English. This results in an emphasis on english as a second language and results in a strong bias to serving this clientel. This is ok if this is your focus, however, if it is not your focus, you would be better served working in a different district.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need to focus more on long term addressal of state and federal priorities in support services to better meet those agencies expectations.

  2. Administration out of touch with its teachers, total lack of culture of caring within school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Fowler Elementary School District full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Teachers are kind and care about kids.

    Cons

    I began in August 2014 and never informed of meetings, team lead left me out of all guidance and emails. Never informed of expectations. I discovered later principal had not even put me on email list. Principal completely out of touch. Team non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Value your teachers, notice what they are doing. Praise what is praise-worthy, inform them of expectations. Coach and notice their true achievements, do not penalize for things they were never informed of. Create a culture within school, most importantly of teamwork, do away with competition within teams. Make team leads accountable for informing team members and guiding each team member to succeed as a team.

  3. Student Focused-Staff Cares

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Informed Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Informed Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Fowler Elementary School District

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decisions made by the Governing Board, administration and teaching staff are student focused.

    The staff members at all levels are committed to the students of the district.

    The salary schedules for varying employee groups are marketable.

    Community/Parents pass overrides showing their support of small class sizes; allowing the district to hire more teaching staff.

    Community/Parents supportive of school activities such as concerts, programs, family nights.

    Cons

    The district experienced growth in student enrollment for 5-7 years. The budget was healthy. The last two years due to the housing market slow down. The student enrollment growth is no longer visible. In actuality the student enrollment is decreasing. Administration has had to make some unfavorable decisions to keep the district financially sound. Staff members did not receive a pay raise for the current school year. This district was not alone. There were others throughout the state and nation that faced the same difficulties.

    A small percentage of staff members like to complain about anything. This is visible from all employee groups. The complainers usually want things their way and do not appreciate being held accountable for their actions and comments.

    Two schools were in academic distress for the last 2-3 years. District administration and staff at one particular school worked together diligently to make changes. This school made progress and is no longer in academic distress.

    Advice to Management

    There are more employees who are student focused than those who are in it for the paycheck. Remember to "thank" those along the way that have great attendance and make no excuses for things that don't go well.

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    Good organization hitting rough waters

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Fowler Elementary School District

    Pros

    The district is old and established on the west side of Phoenix. It has always been small and had a family feeling to it. Recent administrators have focused on the feeling of family and has done a lot to foster the tone.

    The school board is very accepting and non confrontational. They stay out of the day to day workings of the district.

    The district has tried to emphasize small class sizes.

    Principals are generally supportive and work hard to help the staff.

    Cons

    Senior management has issues. Never visible. Aloof. Payroll has had several problems. Rotating door at senior management level. No pay raise this year. Teachers at one school had to sign an allegiance oath or were told they would have problems.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the office. Don't play favorites.

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