Shawnee Mission School District

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Shawnee Mission School District Reviews

Updated February 8, 2015
Updated February 8, 2015
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Rewarding place to work.

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Prairie Village, Johnson, KS
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Prairie Village, Johnson, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Having the summer off while raising my children was wonderful.

    Cons

    Not getting paid year round.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get teachers out of classrooms that don't like the children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    custodian

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    Former Employee - Custodian in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Custodian in Shawnee, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good starting pay for little experience

    Cons

    mostly 3-11 shift available to start with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    18 years at SMSD

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    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Quality Teachers
    Supportive Culture with most colleagues
    90% of Students are great to work with

    Cons

    All-Consuming job so work-life balance is a challenge
    Accountable to everyone (students, parents, and administration-- who have none ) and is considered guilty as charged and must prove innocence
    Need an anti-bullying policy for employees (especially teachers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better training and accountability in how to manage personal
    Teachers need to be treated with respect and as professionals rather that pawns used for your career advancement
    Need to be focused on being supportive to staff rather than an antagonist
    Assumption you know how to teach better than the teacher who is daily interacting need rethinking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Excellent school district, great collaboration between schools and educators

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Teacher in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Communicative administration
    - Friendly and knowledgeable teachers
    - Competitive pay
    - Macbooks and iPads for all teachers and students
    - Many professional development opportunities
    - Numerous extracurricular and coaching opportunities

    Cons

    - Disparity of class sizes between schools
    - Rapidly shifting student demographics
    - Raises periodically held out due to budget cuts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great people to work with!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Campus Police Officer in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Campus Police Officer in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The teachers and staff are friendly and it is a good environment to work in.
    The administration listens to ideas for school improvement.
    The district works to maintain relationships with students and with parents.

    Cons

    Pay is low when compared to similar jobs outside of the school district.
    Dealing with high school students can be rewarding, but can also be a challenge.
    Some administrators bend to parents will and don't back employee's actions (I didn't see this at the school where I worked).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop structure and unity within the police department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Fantastic opportunities for work in this district, alongside excellent people and diverse student population

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunity for work
    - Huge district
    - Diverse population
    - Competitive pay

    Cons

    - Depending on which schools you go to, your day may be better or worse due to the work environment (low budget)
    - Huge district, nearly impossible to meet all the staff in one area (N, S, W, E, NW)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great people, good place, poor advancement opportunities

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    Former Employee - Analyst II in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Analyst II in Shawnee Mission, KS

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great for developing technical skills such as computer hardware & software troubleshooting, network infrastructure, user profile nuance, desktop deployment, user management, etc.

    - The variety of issues to troubleshoot provide a great opportunity to hone and develop the above mentioned skills. This aspect may also keep one from getting bored with the job for some time.

    - Team leads were supportive, understanding and great to work with.

    - Co-workers and school faculty were pleasant, friendly, helpful and a pleasure to work with.

    - Administrators, to me, were also pleasant, friendly, helpful and a pleasure to work with. That said, I do have some things to say that may sound contrary to that and YMMV.

    Cons

    - After a while, things can become routine, both in the sense of how things are managed from the top and how the job is performed. This may be viewed as a "good thing", depending on what you're looking for out a job.

    - It is a government bureaucracy. Therefore, advancement and change are slow and hard to come by. Furthermore, there are some individuals there who are "entrenched" and would be considered "lifers". Due to this, it can be said that some are "set in their ways", which can make some aspect of the job more difficult than it need be.

    - Speaking more to the opportunity for advancement, in the IT world at SMSD, one has to wait for someone above them to leave for an opportunity to open up. As stated before, there are some who are there for the long haul, which is nothing against those individuals, it just makes it difficult and time consuming in regards to advancing ones career here. I am inclined to believe that this is the norm for most government agencies.

    - As another Network Analyst stated, no pay raises for the past 5 years or so. While the other Analyst stated that this is happening in other educational institutions (and it is), I would offer to look at the public records regarding SMSD employee salaries; especially that of upper management. You may find that those who make up the upper brass may not be taking on the chin as hard as the rest of the employee crowd at SMSD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since salary information is public information, you may want to share a little bit more of that SMSD wealth with the rest of the employees. In addition, while I have not worked for or with the new Superintendent, I hope that overall district morale improves through his tenure. IMHO, that morale boost is not all about the money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good pay, great middle-management, sub-par upper management.

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    Former Employee - Network Analyst
    Former Employee - Network Analyst

    I worked at Shawnee Mission School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Had a lot of autonomy and my direct managers were always very supportive. Starting salary wasn't insultingly low.

    Cons

    No raises for several years due to budget cuts (but that's happening at schools everywhere.) Upper management didn't have a great understanding of how things actually worked at the lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down and spend some time with the plebes. Take into account how large, sweeping policy changes will actually affect the day-to-operations of the people who have to implement them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    I have built a good career at SMSD with many positive working relationships with excellent professionals.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Teacher in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Good compensation compared with the rest of the state. Professional development offered with opportunities to earn graduate credit. Benefit packages and extra duty pay offered.

    Cons

    Changing district with some disparities between buildings and attendance areas. Top-down approach is the current practice of administration. Due to budget cuts, many teachers are responsible for more students than recommended, and secondary teachers often have 6 classes to teach, making their workload challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give teachers more autonomy and ability to develop their own teaching styles within the framework of the curricular objectives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great district and great students

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    Teachers are very professionalism and care about their students

    Cons

    Class size increasing and work load increasing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends

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