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Lawrence Public School USD 497 Lawrence Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lawrence Public School USD 497 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, great staff, lots of support for the kids.

    Cons

    I don't have any downsides about working at Lawrence Public Schools.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for management.


  2. "Harrassment"

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    Former Employee - Teaching in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Teaching in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lawrence Public School USD 497 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid all the insurance for me

    Cons

    Literally nothing ever gets done in any capacity ever. Other staffed harrassed me, slammed doors to my classroom, screamed at me in front of my students, belittled me in front of staff, admin does nothing when issues brought up, told to wait weeks to meet instead of addressing the issues at hand

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting the loudest and rudest voice run the show, stand up for something once in a while don't allow ANY staff member to be openly harassed just because you're too anxious to deal with it, it's your job.


  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Food Service Manager in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Food Service Manager in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends

    I worked at Lawrence Public School USD 497 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love working with students and staff.

    Cons

    No work during summer months.


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  5. "Wage is not comparable to other districts in the state and country."

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    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lawrence Public School USD 497 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are many nice employees. It's nice to have a school schedule. Fringe benefits are paid for by the district.

    Cons

    There are too many non-paid days. The wage for paraeducators is lower than other districts in the state. In addition, there are too many non-contract days which is detrimental to paras who are already struggling to make ends meet.

    Advice to Management

    Please get to know the paras. Request input and be accessible to hear the needs and concerns of your employees. Learn the names of your employees, or at least make time to greet your employees and students. Don't isolate yourself from your faculty, staff, and students.


  6. "I was a teacher with LPS."

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    Former Employee - Teacher - Interrelated Resource in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Teacher - Interrelated Resource in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lawrence Public School USD 497 full-time

    Pros

    The city has much to offer. It is in a great location with many activities and events. Great restaurants, entertainment, sporting events, etc. There is something for everyone.

    Cons

    There is very little meaningful collaboration offered at the district level. Staff is generally talked down to by administration in a demeaning manor.

    Advice to Management

    Consider listening to expertise of staff and giving them credit for their knowledge, professionalism, and education.


  7. "District Administration review"

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    Former Employee - Director in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Director in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Lawrence Public School USD 497 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Always changing, never boring, be ready to change mid-stream of a new direction

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunities, people skills are lacking

    Advice to Management

    Look at the history to see who is still there and why some have been asked to leave.


  8. "Overall a satisfactory experience, but some things could be improved"

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    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lawrence Public School USD 497 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fully paid health insurance for full-time employees, some great colleagues, plenty of holidays and breaks when the students are not in school, state-wide retirement program, workday ends earlier than a traditional office

    Cons

    Some (not all) upper management unconcerned about the working condition of lower-level employees, support for employees with workplace concerns could improve, poor attitude from some licensed teachers toward paraeducators


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