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Palm Beach County School District West Palm Beach Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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West Palm Beach, FL

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  • New initiatives annually, new trainings, never any steps in pay to offset cost of living (in 4 reviews)

  • No opportunity to excel and little to no appreciation for good talent (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Substitute"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can choose how many days you want to work. If you want you can work everyday during the week and you have the same days off as the kids do so if you have a family that is good.

    Cons

    Very hard to get on the lists for the top schools to work at. No benefits. Decent pay but no summer or holiday work. Many days you do not know where you are going to work or if you will have work until that morning therefore it's hard to plan

    Advice to Management

    If the teachers request a specific substitute then you know they are doing their job well and should do everything to keep that substitute at that school not the opposite.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely challenging yet as an educator who has a heart for children very rewarding."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New Superintendent ensures we revieve yearly increases. Professional development is provided, district curriculum support to schools is strong. If you do a satisfactory job there is job security

    Cons

    You are at the mercy of the principal. Whatever the weaknesses of the principal are you will feel it in those areas X2. Top heavy organization. Many many hours outside of work required to complete tasks. 50-60 hour workweek with no extra pay. You do recieve complexity pay built into your salary but the additional hours are a lot.

    Advice to Management

    There is no way to provide direct feedback to the district about principals without endangering your job. If the feedback is not something you can bubble on the school effectiveness questionairre theres no way to voice concerns.

  3. "teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the hours aren't too bad

    Cons

    low pay, slow moving advancement


  4. "Organizational Trainer 11 - puts great emphasis on developing quality."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    Allowing each student, the opportunity to learn, grow and develop to his or her full potential. My goal is to open the hearts of children and eyes of the students to the World of Learning by a structured approach, to encourage the Students natural curiosity to explore the world around them of learning.

    Cons

    How would I address a wide range of issues in your groups could be very difficult if you grasp everything. By listening to all of the situations, and talk about what they can do differently, control my words, help them actually to solve their own problems or issues with my help.

    Advice to Management

    The Organization should puts great emphasis on developing quality of life within individuals


  5. "Good job"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Benefits are great, Support for teachers,

    Cons

    Administration can be messy at times.


  6. "Elementary Teaching in WPB"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in West Palm Beach, FL

    I worked at Palm Beach County School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The kids. The kids. The kids. Teaching at a title 1 school for a year was a blessing. Not for the feint of heart, but if you are genuine, and show the kids that you truly care about them, they respond.

    Cons

    Too many inconsistencies within the educational framework. There needs to be a dedicated system in place for struggling kids to develop and learn organically-- especially in regards to reading-- without being handcuffed to rigorous FSA prep sessions.

    Advice to Management

    More like advice for the powers that be: this is a decades-old problem facing education in impoverished demographics, and there has not been a revolution of change. All this focus on data, yet there's data suggesting that testing these kids religiously does NOT yield the best results for learning gains that can help them progress in the future.


  7. "Ups and downs (Employee for 11 years)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great to work around a school schedule

    Cons

    A LOT of drama.
    Department heads come and go; each time changing everything because "they know better than the last guy."
    Unless you are a teacher there is zero room for growth and to climb to higher positions.

  8. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Florida State Retirement Benefits - 6 years vested

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility exist in administrative departments


  9. "Seminole Trails No Support from Admnstration"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get the Summers off.

    Cons

    Administration are not fair and provide no support

    Advice to Management

    Listen and try to learn the needs of your staff.


  10. "Math Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The District has great benefits: Health care premium is under $300 a month for employee plus family. There is a pension plan for 8+ years working with them. All the holidays are celebrated and they just introduced 1 week off for Thanksgiving. Two months off, paid, during the summer is also a bonus for those who like to travel or take time off.

    Cons

    The administration is very rigid and dictatorial. The high school students are extremely difficult to handle. No one tells you it take about 3 years to break you in as a teacher. The students have behavioral issues and you should expect anything from anyone on a daily basis. At the end of the day the grades are curved by at least a full grade up. I was even told to pass students. The administration does what they want, whatever it takes to keep their school rating up. Tests will be retaken as many times as it takes to "get the student to graduate". There is no fairness in the classroom, the teachers are disrespected by the students, the parents and the administration. All the teachers with 30+ years I spoke to, they all recommended to run for the hills, it is not worth it.
    If you are not part of the Teacher's Union you are the first one to go. Parents will sue you and the school will never defend you. It's a very lonely exposed career, with no one backing you up.
    There is no proper training and the teacher's struggles are not shared by anyone. Experienced teachers don't help the newbies and they treat them very unkindly.

    Advice to Management

    The system is very old and even though each principal thinks they can make a change, it's really small changes they can make only, if so. I suggest the administration's main concern should be to take care of the teachers. The teachers take care of the students. Don't leave the teachers exposed and don't throw them under the bus .


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