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Douglas County School District (CO) Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Douglas County School District (CO) Superintendent Elizabeth Celania-Fagen
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Pros
  • Innovative educational practices; lots of great teachers and an involved community (in 8 reviews)

  • The students are great, supportive parent community (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The pay for performance is like building an airplane while it's being flown (in 9 reviews)

  • Evaluation system is ridiculous (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "We are there for the kids not the paycheck..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are great families to work with and facilities to work in.

    Cons

    Pay is much lower than other districts, the Board is a mess.


  2. "art teacher"

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    Former Employee - Art Teacher in Castle Rock, CO
    Former Employee - Art Teacher in Castle Rock, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great school with great teachers, District provided a lot of PD in Project based learning and other areas

    Cons

    extreamly large school with over 740 students and not enough support for specials teachers with this number of students

    Advice to Management

    Support the staff rather than the parents with solutions to problems that may not have ever been discussed with the teacher from the parent/students.

  3. "Transportation manager"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Castle Rock, CO
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Castle Rock, CO
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good schedule, Flexible hours, ability to learn

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for potential advancement


  4. "Classified Support Staff"

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

    I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers that went above and beyond for each other and their students.

    Cons

    Disorganization at district level, in many departments it seemed as though they were so understaffed, one or two people were doing the work of entire department.


  5. "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time

    Pros

    great families and kids to work with

    Cons

    principals are hit or miss; some are good; most are unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    Pay teachers fairly


  6. "Steer Clear"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time

    Pros

    Teacher Schedule during school year

    Cons

    Reform School board bad for students and teachers, great if you are district admin. Shaming teachers if they need a day off for any reason.

    Advice to Management

    Move along


  7. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing families within the Douglas County neighborhoods.

    Cons

    Lowest Competitive Salary of the 8 neighboring school districts

    Advice to Management

    Pay your teachers with experience, rather than replacing seasoned teachers with new graduates just to lower Salary

  8. "Big dream district, low paid staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time

    Pros

    A very progressive school district with many different types of schools in the district to choose from. They care a lot about parent involvement and happiness. Very rigorous curriculum with great buildings.

    Cons

    Low paying district that has a "pay for performance" model but it hasn't be implemented correctly. Administration spends most of it's time trying to please the parents and don't protect their teachers, and expect a lot from their teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how the new curriculum is going to affect the classroom teachers and talk to them about it before forcing them to do it.


  9. "Douglas County School District review"

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

    I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time

    Pros

    Resources, parent involvement, online HR tools

    Cons

    Poor culture and climate between women, admin is fake/gossips/and doesn't support employees, evaluation system is time consuming and tedious- many think it's unfair, pressure to get involved in outside school activities (people have lives outside work)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, give raises, abandon bureaucracy and politics that drive poor decisions, focus on womens' career paths as they make up the bulk of your workforce, cut down the eval process


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Castle Rock, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Castle Rock, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Students and families were great!

    Cons

    High teacher turnover due to unfair evaluation system.

    Advice to Management

    Hire administrators that don't rule by fear and intimidation.


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