Kent School District

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Kent School District Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good school district.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kent School District

    Pros

    This school district is very diverse and initiatives reflect the districts objective of preparing ALL students for the future. Schools vary in performance but performance objectives are consistent throughout the district.

    Cons

    Pay is less than other school districts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top Heavy.

  2.  

    Instructional assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun to work with struggling children and help in a school setting. IA team members are wonderful and extremely helpful.

    Cons

    Compensation stinks, training isn't the best - you are pretty much just thrown in and have to figure it out the best you can. Very high turn over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train, train, train. Make a point to know your IA's names and take a moment to appreciate them rather than just passing them by in the hallway and barely smiling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Management needs to get a grip

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kent School District full-time

    Pros

    The mission to educate children. The individual school management is good. Teachers. Programs.

    Twenty words is too high of a minimum. Twenty words is too high of a minimum.

    Cons

    Upper management. HR department.. Ridiculously high turnover in administration. The IT department runs the communications department.

    Twenty words is too high of a minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people you hire do their job. Don't waste taxpayers' money by wasting employees' time with your indecision. The IT department should stick to IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Teachers deserve more respect than just working bodies. Teaching is not just a job.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kent School District (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The friendship developed at the KSD will last a lifetime. The teachers work very hard, and some administrators really care. Some parents were wonderful.

    Cons

    The administration demanded too much yet provided too little. Teachers are overworked with no recognition of their meager effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a safe place for teachers to teach. Get rid of dangerous students who waste other students time without wanting to learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Stay Away!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Kent, WA

    I worked at Kent School District full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and that is all.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy overwhelms in KSD, with far too many admin employees making terrible choices and constantly implementing worthless ideas, which daily ends up wasting money to the tune of millions each year. Teachers have an enormous collective chip on their shoulders and treat any other school staff in embarrassingly horrendous ways. The students are the ones who suffer the most, leaving anyone with good intentions feeling awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down admin staff by at least 1/4, get better acquainted with daily schools happenings. Stop wasting so much time and money on constantly finding new ideas and take ONE good one and stick with it. This district is so completely inconsistent and wasteful that it is going to end up as a sad news story. Better staff development, less from those who graduated college 50 years ago and more with a diversified up-to-date and more open minded staff. Diversity class classes taught by middle class middle aged white women are a sad joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Teamwork

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant Level IV in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant Level IV in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very professional and friendly. Innovative

    Cons

    Pay is low for administrative assistants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff development opportunities.

  8.  

    Good pay but you are exposed to potential dangerous situations on a regular basis.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - School Safety Officer in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - School Safety Officer in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Security Officers (now called Safety Officers) are paid well relative to other security positions in the region, they receive good benefits, and most have July and part of August off.

    Cons

    It can be a dangerous position and Security Officers are currently only equipped with OC Spray for defense. If you work for KSD long enough, be prepared to face an armed encounter every year or so and some violent fights on a regular basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great job, but need to be respected.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable, good benefits! Great co-workers

    Cons

    Low pay
    Lack of respect for clerical staff.
    Too top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and value all employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great school district with a desire to have every child succeed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They work hard at trying to have every child succeed.

    Cons

    The district requires too strict guidelines of following set curriculum. It doesn't allow for teachers to share in areas of their strengths. Too much testing. Too much paperwork. Not enough time to teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the successful schools and principals in your own district and learn from what they are doing. Encourage sharing of ideas of these successful schools with failing schools. Require principals to visit those successful schools. Encourage sharing of school developed curriculum and methods of delivery that work with other schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    special ed teachers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stipend for IEPs, district is paying 1.9% that state cut. Mostly conscientious staff in buildings. Work is important.

    Cons

    Long hours (12+0) per day. Typical communication problems between staff and admin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor people skills in Sped upper level Admin, has been hurtful to teachers. Has created a hostile working environment and destroyed trust. Talk is cheap. You say teachers are valued and respected, but actions do not match words.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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