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Saint Paul Public Schools Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. "Loved the kids, training for paras could be more standardized"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Union membership for paraprofessionals, part time hours, teachers were on the same page with discipline procedures for the most part, the kids were great.

    Cons

    I was hired a week late and didn't receive proper training/info on specific students behavioral considerations.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that if someone is a late hire, that they are trained in the same way as the other staff, and informed about 504 plans for current students to ensure compliance.


  2. "Accountant 4"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The school district provides great benefits. They also provide great pay.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional, racists work environment. Budget issues. Absentee CFO / manager.

  3. "TA 1 Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    -Union Job (good benefits)
    -No Summers

    Cons

    -No work in the summer
    -Low paying for the work you do
    -No training


  4. "Big district with big needs."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    SPPS has dedicated teachers with a passion for student learning. They have competitive pay, a strong union, and a solid teacher development program. And of course, there are so many wonderful students in St. Paul!

    Cons

    There are a lot of students with very high needs in SPPS and limited resources to address those needs. Special education programming and counseling isn't what it needs to be yet.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teachers.


  5. "Licensed School Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Licensed School Nurse in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Licensed School Nurse in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Student focused, flexible employer, compassionate.

    Cons

    Unavoidable bureaucracy, excessive paperwork, several software systems to work between, software not catered to department.


  6. "Helpful administration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    When budget cuts made my position a lay off position the principal before informing me i was going to be laid off went out of her way to find me another position at another st. Paul school and guaranteed my hiring there.

    Cons

    This is the highest paid school district in Minnesota there is competition for jobs.


  7. "Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    This district has the highest paying salary for teachers.

    Cons

    Administration only looks at the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    The investments should be made in the students, not ways to cut corners.

  8. "Good, Bad and Ugly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with parents, students and staff is amazing.

    Cons

    The district expects employees to develop positive relationships with students and families. The farther away you get from point of contact, the less collaborative the work becomes. At top levels it is dog eat dog and they aren't nice dogs.

    Advice to Management

    Be who you preach/teach others to be. When you treat employees negatively and actively work to get rid of people you don't like for personal reasons, don't think no one knows or cares.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great kids, lots of helpful training and professional development offered. Get to work with a diverse group of coworkers and have good support from administration at a school-level.

    Cons

    Difficult student population with regards to behavior and poverty levels, district goals often do not align with school goals (monetary decisions outweigh what is best for the children).

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that decisions made at a district-level are benefiting the students we work for rather than just about meeting the bottom line. Our children often suffer because of decisions at the top. This is not just confined to this school district unfortunately.


  10. "Great students, dedicated staff"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of my all-time favorite jobs. I was hired with no prior experience and my position gave me many opportunities to develop skills.

    Cons

    Low salary made this job impractical for long-term.


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