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Anchorage School District Reviews

Updated August 6, 2017
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  1. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Anchorage School District part-time

    Pros

    -Excellent professional development
    -Quality use of the Aesop Program
    -Wonderful people to work with all over Anchorage

    Cons

    -Paid less if you don't have an Alaska State Teaching License


  2. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Anchorage School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with children is the greatest contribution we can make to society.

    Cons

    Budget cuts and reduced staff to carry the load.

  3. "High School Secretary/Support Staff"

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    Former Employee - High School Secretary/Support Staff in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - High School Secretary/Support Staff in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent health , vision, and dental benefits

    Cons

    Always be forced to do more with less. Try cut people but not positions. The work was delegated to other support Staff and expected to be done in the time constraints as your regular day. Did not like to offer can't time or overtime. I worked there for 20 years and saw many changes and it just keeps getting worse as far as budget cuts and how the budget cuts are implemented at the school level which is the administration's decision at each school.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like people. Do not show favoritism. When you can solve an issue with an employee where it could be a win-win , do it. After all these art positions that you're dealing with its people and believe it or not people have feelings.


  4. "Hit or miss"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent professional education opportunities in partnership with the local campus the State University.

    Cons

    Compromised leadership at the building and lower District administration level.

    Advice to Management

    De-prioritize friendships, academic credentials, and interview skills and really assess an individual's leadership capacities when hiring. Supervisors of new administrators should have mandatory private meeting with staff members not chosen by the administrator to solicit candid and honest feedback. Otherwise there is very little oversight and good leadership is unfortunately very hit-or-miss.


  5. "Classroom Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time

    Pros

    The only real education employer in the area, unless you're willing to travel to the MatSu Valley.

    Cons

    Lack of trust in teachers - administrators often tightly control all of the classroom decisions (teachers are often unable to make any of their own teaching choices and decisions), the district is very admin-heavy. Difficult to get staffing for needed aide positions.


  6. "Teacher assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anchorage School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love my job, the kids are amazing, I have alot of fun

    Cons

    The pay isn't very great. I work too hard for too little.

    Advice to Management

    I need more hours


  7. "Substitute teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Substitutes maintain a very flexible schedule. Work as much or as little as you want.

    Cons

    Pay for the area isn't equivalent to cost of living.

  8. "Great place and people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and many resources are available

    Cons

    Medicaid billing and endless paperwork.


  9. "Worth It"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ferryville, WI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ferryville, WI
    Recommends

    I worked at Anchorage School District (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, as an hourly employee, the school district was a great place to work. Coworkers were friendly and easy to get along with. Benefits were great. There are great training opportunities at the Ed Center. The positions I've had here (admin assistant and T.A.) are great positions - but are definitely for people who are independent and curious workers.

    Cons

    On the ground training in the schools was minimal. Getting to know the position is fast paced and challenging.


  10. "Poor procedures and training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people willing to help, good benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible process documentation, if there's any at all. Not using modern approaches to technology. Tech solutions are kind of haphazard, requiring many more developers than necessary. For the cost of developing and maintaining all the SSRS stuff they have, they could get a couple really good data guys and a complete software solution to streamline the whole thing.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the custom-baked in house tech solutions and get some software tools like Informatica or SSIS for database work instead of 2,500 line SQL scripts that have to be edited manually. Stop skimping on server capacity.


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