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Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) Superintendent Donna Hargens
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  • Top heavy--far too many needless positions at the district level (in 3 reviews)

  • No support for part-time staff that has no income during the summer months (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "I love my job but, I need more money"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time

    Pros

    I love my job, the interaction with the staff and students is awesome.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great, it is absolutely necessary to have another job to be able to live.

    Advice to Management

    I wish they would pay a livable wage


  2. "Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the kids and truly being able to counsel students.

    Cons

    The ECE program is lacking in support, leadership, and funding.

  3. "Hoping for Change"

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    Current Employee - Resource Teacher
    Current Employee - Resource Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highest salaries in the state for teachers.

    Cons

    Top heavy--far too many needless positions at the district level.

    Advice to Management

    Review your hiring practices. More times than not, positions are posted with a candidate already in mind. If the job isn't really available (i.e. we know who we want but we are just following a fictitious protocol so we don't get called on the carpet) quit wasting everyone's time. I cannot tell you the number of times I've heard, "yes, it's posted, but it's a done deal. So and so is getting the position."


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and helpful staff and teachers

    Cons

    Lack of leadership from management


  5. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time

    Pros

    It's the best district in Kentucky.

    Cons

    I wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you are supposed to do.


  6. "Highest paid teachers in state"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, helping others, resources. Important work

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, weak leadership from superintendent until the interim sup begins on July 1st, 2017

    Advice to Management

    Look at community schools model. This works 2 hours away in Cin, Ohio.


  7. "Stressful and financial struggles!!!"

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Provides Good insurance. You receive Holidays off. And you also get Summers off. I don't have any other pros to give.

    Cons

    Low accountability for students and parents. You are overworkes and underpaid. These kids are coming from traumatic lives and the skills it takes to deal with them are that of a social worker. It's hard working in JCPS.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your teachers, and SUPPORT STAFF BETTER! Make sure you are equipping all staff on how to deal with cultural differences and traumatized students. Many of your students in general education classes are extremely traumatized at home and some of your unskilled teachers do not know how to deal with it. Hire more black males and PAY THEM! It will turn your district around.

  8. "JCPS review"

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

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are second to no district.

    Cons

    The students can be very difficult

    Advice to Management

    support the staff


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Some JCPS schools are toxic environments"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highest paying school district in KY, but the pay is not worth the stress!

    Cons

    I taught middle science in a persistently low achieving school. It was a daily battle to make it through the day without breaking down emotionally. Students were aggressive, abusive, with out of control behavior problems, and the administrators did very little about it. Teachers are not valued in JCPS schools!

    Advice to Management

    Learn from neighboring school districts on how to treat teachers and be an effective school district. I drove 40 miles to get another job. The difference between JCPS and that school district was like day and night. Just 40 miles away from Louisville made a difference for me and make it possible for me to return to the classroom after JCPS horrible experience.


  10. "Not a bad part-time job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky) part-time

    Pros

    Pays well, no take home work

    Cons

    Sometimes you sign up for a job, and when you arrive at the school you have to do something else


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