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Renton School District Reviews

Updated June 4, 2017
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  1. "Great pay"

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    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Renton School District part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is better than the surrounding areas and the substitute system is easy to use. I never had a problem getting a job.

    Cons

    I can't think of any major cons. No benefits but that's what happens with part-time work.


  2. "Good schedule, terrible money, happiness varys by building"

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    Current Employee - Health Services Aide in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Health Services Aide in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working a 185 day calendar is wonderful, as is the fact a holiday is always around the corner.

    Depending on the job, you will have a real chance to develop meaningful relationships with students, and be a positive force in their lives; likewise, they can bring you a lot of joy.

    If you are willing to take on extra duties, you can find yourself in interesting roles.

    Good sick leave and insurance.

    Cons

    Yes, we get the holidays off... but even if we worked a normal calendar, the district doesn't pay a living wage, especially if you work in elementary. The same job in secondary can pay $3-5 more an hour. And once you get more than 6 years in forget about raises, the salary scale stops.

    Leadership- and the population you work with- depends greatly on what building you work in. Some buildings have very pro-active admin that nips discipline issues in the bud, others are lost at sea.

    The day can be very intense, and I deal with behavioural students the entire time. We talk about recognizing the trauma the kids deal with, but we get a ton of it second hand.

    Classified staff often feel the replaceable cogs, and like the district could care less.

    Because the pay is so bad, spots often go unfilled or there is a lack of subs.

    Advanced degrees mean nothing- literally nothing!- if you are classified.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that in this job market and city you must pay more to keep talented classified staff. We make less than other surrounding districts, and it's hard to keep people when they know they can move on and make a ton more. Moreover, for many classified staff, this isn't a second income- it's the primary source. Can you live on a take home of $1800 a month? I can't, and that's why I'm looking for something else.

  3. "For Hazen Pool: typical lifeguard job with a supervisor that likes to play favorites"

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Renton School District part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great customers, and fun coworkers

    Cons

    Supervisor has favorites, and isn't fair to treating all employees equally.

    Advice to Management

    There would be more people wanting to work there if management were different.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Renton School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good schools, new curriculum, decent pay scale, schools have nice small community feel, great community sponsors, increased attention to helping low performing schools, great teacher's union.

    Cons

    Some schools are in low socio-economic areas resulting in low parent support, it seems like they barely get a curriculum in place and are then changing it for the newest, latest and greatest.


  5. "Friendly People"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Renton, WA

    I worked at Renton School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Pay is average for a school district but the opportunity for professional growth outweighs that.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get the response or answer from the administration building in regards to HR questions, payroll etc. Takes a long time and numerous contacts to get an answer. Frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Providing more initial on-boarding so staff know how to navigate the system more effectively.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teachers work for the kids...the adults in this district are what make it difficult."

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    Current Employee - High School Classroom Teacher in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - High School Classroom Teacher in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The diversity of the student and their want to learn and grow is refreshing. The ability to really teach what you want and being able to move forward with new fresh ideas.

    Cons

    The infrastructure behind the RSD is broken. The HR is a joke, the professional trainings are also lackluster. The benefit plans are very expensive and the Benefit Coordinators never think it is their job to help you. If I could just teach and never deal with the district my life would be so much easier.

    Advice to Management

    Consider being transparent with what it is you really want. It is hard job do not make it harder by playing games or not being clear.


  7. "Pay is bad"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Renton School District part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding to work with children.

    Cons

    Pay for classified staff is horrible and does not make sense.

  8. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The opportunity for advancement is definitely there if you work hard and take risks to better yourself. The administrators are friendly and coworkers definitely care about the mission of the district

    Cons

    Not being a large "company", you have to really be a strong candidate to move up within. There's a lot of competition.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great job fulfillment, lack of respect in my field,"

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    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Renton, WA

    Pros

    Fullfillment in doing my job
    Respect from fellow colleagues
    School Safety
    Working environment that benefits all children
    Ability to develop my corriculum to fit the individual student
    Good Benefits
    Good HR Dept.
    Yearly evaluation to determine what I have done well in a year, or what I might do better for next year
    Mutual support from all of the faculty
    Mutual respect for colaborating on Best Practices for helping all students
    Allowing me to be creative in finding the bet solution to teach students who are intensive in their learning

    Cons

    Administration not respecting lower postitions
    No chance for advancement in my field
    Cutting back hours but expecting me from the job
    Always moving teaching area from year to year
    Not appreciative of ideas that are proven to work

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value scale in each field
    Open room for advance to employees who have proven to be of value to the District
    Find other ways to cut back besides driving those who are of value away
    Build schools big enough to provide good quality work space for the education of all childrens


  10. "Life Long Learners"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Renton School District full-time

    Pros

    Where every student has the opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    At the fork in the road, busy community.


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