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Durham Public Schools Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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  • Low pay, a lot of nepotism, and a general sense that not many in upper positions truly care (in 6 reviews)

  • However, every school in district needed Substitute Teachers to fill in when regular staff was out for a day, weeks, and months sometimes on end (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "School bus driver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Cons you get to work with a great team of people, the pay is good, the benefits are good.

    Plus you have a opportunity to move up in the company once you get your foot in the door and you do a good job.

    Cons

    You know it is the school system and the only complaint I have is the hours.


  2. "Employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Students keep you active and fully engaged in make sure they are gaining skills.

    Cons

    Administration and many behavior issues with students and their families

  3. "A serious overhaul is desperately needed."

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    Current Employee - Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Technician in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The family-like atmosphere. When you're hired, you're welcomed with open arms. Until you cross someone or try to do the right thing.

    Cons

    The family-like atmosphere. Too many people are entirely too comfortable with the ability to get what they want due to the relationships they had in the past or currently have.

    There are entirely too many DPS products who never left the district, because they had friends/family members who got them jobs right out of high school. Nepotism is completely out of control.

    There are also entirely too many employees/former employees quitting and returning "willy-nilly" with no one questioning why they left in the first place. Turnover is also extremely high. If students don't have dedicated teachers, due to teachers not having any support in the schools, they won't behave in class and will drive new teachers away. What's the point in paying staff specifically to mentor teachers when they don't?

    Advice to Management

    Since there will be a new Superintendent this coming Monday, and there is no "management" in place at the top, there are several areas where advisement is needed.

    Put your foot down and make things right within the district. Don't make friends, lead the employees.

    Create and follow/adhere to policies and procedures. They should be written and accessible to all employees. Don't react to situations that occur because there's no policy or procedure in place. Be proactive.

    Stop throwing money at staff who aren't going to stay in the district. Stop re-hiring individuals who leave with out notice or abandon their jobs. There's a reason they left, and they'll do it again, leaving you in the same situation.

    Hire dedicated professionals, not your former classmates, cousins, and friends. Release individuals who do not do their jobs. Simple.


  4. "Principal, assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Shaping the future for students

    Cons

    More reactive than proactive when shaping that future


  5. "Steady"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Durham Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and great work life balance

    Cons

    Low pay for what is expected


  6. "A happy mess"

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    Former Employee - High School Science Teacher in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - High School Science Teacher in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Durham Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work with diverse students, families, and coworkers.
    DPS does seem to care about its students and its educational mission.
    Many devoted, qualified, professional teachers.

    Cons

    DPS leadership often seems to chase and implement certain trendy and wasteful educational practices that are often not effective or student-focused. For example, over-reliance on technology and data-driven test remediation to improve classroom performance. Over emphasis on standardized test scores to determine effectiveness of education.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the inherent messy humanity of education. While testing is important, remember that all students are more than data-points. Value growth and creativity over proficiency and rigidity.


  7. "Instructional Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The pros of the job is being able to work with many students with different work ethics and learning levels.

    Cons

    The job does not allow you to grow and move up the ladder even though you have the experience.

  8. "Ups and Downs"

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

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, with no one micro managing you.

    Cons

    People dont really understand what needs to be done. Kids can be a lot sometimes.


  9. "Group Leader Position"

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    Current Employee - Group Leader in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Kids are great

    Cons

    Adults can be hard to work with at times

    Advice to Management

    Do better


  10. "OUT OF CONTROL"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you love teaching children in an educational setting and genuinely want to make a difference and politically savvy enough to do so DPS is the place for you. Overall I find the teachers dedicated to their chosen profession and just good people who want to make a difference in a presently chaotic system besieged by political agendas.

    Cons

    Low pay, not competitive. You don't feel heard by administration. Currently a political landmine. Licensed teachers and substitute teachers at odds with administration. Will clear up eventually but don't walk into a teaching job with DPS without first understanding what you are getting into.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to the teachers and substitutes. You are losing great, dedicated people.


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