Grand Prairie Independent Schools District

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Grand Prairie Independent Schools District Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
11 Reviews

2.9
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of professional development opportunities and room for growth as a professional. Admin has great ideas for competitive edge. Pay is good

    Cons

    CSCOPE! Micromanaging. District plays favorites with schools, and it shows. Schools are way too crowded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of CSCOPE and let teachers teach. Do something about the overcrowding. Pay attention to your struggling schools up north.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Toxic environment, dominated by rude administration

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros

    Working with children on a daily basis, watching them grow and develop as human beings.

    Cons

    No job security. Toxic environment. Politics control everything. Always feeling like you will be fired for any small mishap. The facilitators sit in their office all day eating and avoiding parent emails and phone calls. A lot of the facilitators responsibilities are given to supervisors due to pure laziness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respond to parent communications. Make the staff feel like you support them. Hire people that are qualified to do the job well, not just because you know them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Micromanagement at it's best

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros

    Great energy coming in. For the most part, everyone I met was very friendly and willing to share ideas.

    Cons

    CSCOPE!! It does nothing for the student but confuse them...and the teachers. The principal I worked for micromanaged the classrooms and was a little too demanding. All grades had to be completed on her time frame and classrooms had to be run to her personal satisfaction. Nevermind that learning was taking place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let teachers do their jobs. Don't expect immediate growth from every child, because they don't all function that way. Neither do teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Mired With Internal Power Struggles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The Superintendent is working to empower forward thinking programs. Compensation is on par or better than other districts in the area. Campus life varies based on location

    Cons

    Central administration is filled with too many "leaders" resistant to change. The district stagnates while others take advantage of the many opportunities DFW provides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can no longer operate as, "the biggest small town in Texas". There are too many administrators who have been jaded by past events that are undermining attempts to bring this district into today and beyond. Clean house, bring in new blood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    My experience at GPISD is stressful.

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    Current Employee - Inclusion Teacher  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Inclusion Teacher in Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros

    They are not as big as other ISDs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, so you are known by name not a number.

    Cons

    I'm currently an inclusion (Special Education) teacher at an elementary school. The district buys and tries to implement too many programs rather than giving teachers the autonomy to creatively teach skills. Tests students way too much (every 21/2 weeks)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too top heavy. Put more staff in the schools to help implement programs and help student achievement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A real training opportunity

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    Former Employee - Parent Liaison  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Parent Liaison in Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros

    Work with excellent staff, meet lots of parents and communicate with individuals daily.

    Cons

    Pulled from assigned job to do other tasks too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clearer job description for employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Love the kids! Not the best place to make a living but its a job, always political games

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    Current Employee - Bus Driver  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros

    Work with your schedule if you like having the summer off and getting to impact childrens' lives for the better

    Cons

    no room for growth. If they know your in the military reserves then they are less likely to hire you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the slackers and invest in good employees and stop playing politics

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Although they attempt to be "one of the big boys", they are still a little kid running to catch up.

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros

    It is still small enough that you can know a lot of the people in the district.

    Cons

    At some point, GP grew before the money was there. They are constantly playing catch-up now. For example, this year each teacher received an I-pad to use in their classroom for instruction. Other places in the state received I-pads for each student!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are really striving for growth in academics, then put your money where your mouth is. Don't keep spending money on contest after contest for the tractor-builders to go to. After all, where is the bang for our buck. We need all of our elementary children to read on grade-level by the time they leave the elementary so they are ready for the rigors of middle and high schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Job stability in an unstable economy.

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Technician in Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros

    Job security. A good amount of vacation, hoiday and personal time off. Extra benefits offered (i.e. disabiity, long term care, life insurance, ect.).

    Cons

    Lower pay than most equivilent jobs outside the district. Additional family health insurance benifits are high priced (like most places).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication in some areas of management could use improving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Technology Facilitator  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Technology Facilitator in Grand Prairie, TX

    Pros

    great staff, fun job, good schedule

    Cons

    typical education system where seniority and education are rewarded over accomplishments.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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