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"Was decent then, but not sure about now..."

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Former Employee - Teacher in Castle Rock, CO
Former Employee - Teacher in Castle Rock, CO
Doesn't Recommend
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I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) part-time (More than a year)

Pros

Decent salary, loved the school hours options, involved parents, very much so on top of technological advancement, paid us for taking staff development classes (like $400 per class) and for participating in fitness programs.

Cons

Not very diverse AT all. Some of the administrators that REALLY needed to go, were just left at some schools even though they were not at all being productive. Now however they have no union and salaries are cut, they do not pay into benefits and teacher rights and respect is dwindling.

Other Employee Reviews for Douglas County School District (CO)

  1. Helpful (1)

    "forecast unknown"

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

    I worked at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was a great culture when I was there. Worked with some amazing peers. Nice to know that your work benefits the community.

    Cons

    rapid growth in some areas led to improperly staffed divisions. Middle management are some of the nicest people you will ever meet but they are not good managers. The current trends of the highest levels of administration are bringing a lot of politics into situations that just make everything complicated. Seems like the organization is in the news every week for all the wrong reasons and this creates a lot of distractions.

    But the worst is that the pay they offer is low. Make sure you negotiate the highest salary you can coming in the door because you will not get raises or promotions even when they are promised. It just does not happen.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and open about your objectives. Your employees are not as dumb as you think and don't want to hear the same "spin" you give to the media. They want to know what the leaders are doing and how to support it to make them more successful and their jobs more enjoyable but when you hide what you are really doing and change the target and the rules constantly it eventually just leads to confusion, low morale and burnout and people looking for new opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I have worked as a teacher in DCSD for 9 years"

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher
    Current Employee - High School Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas County School District (CO) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The teachers here are dedicated, passionate, and phenomenal at their jobs.
    The students are great, supportive parent community

    Cons

    Morale is horrendous and falling rapidly. The school board is on a political power-grab, trying to make a name for themselves by "reforming" this district into oblivion. Every week some new change seems to come down the pike, none of which have been in the best interest of kids or teachers. Teachers who speak up are dismissed as a "disgruntled few" who are simply "afraid of accountability", and parents/community members who disagree with the district's direction are belittled or ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Change for the sake of change is not progress. You've taken a strong, high-performing district, and thrown it into chaos just to satisfy your political egos. My advice would be to pack your bags & get ready for November elections. You've caused enough damage here - time to get OUT.

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