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Saint Paul Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. "Licensed School Nurse"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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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  5. "High School Teacher"

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    In general, the kids are amazing. Co-workers typically have their heart in the right place. Some appear to have become disinterested. School principal is a fantastic leader and great person to work for. Union is very powerful and compensation is high.

    Cons

    The superintendent of this district lacks vision and leadership. Long term initiatives appear to be seriously lacking in planning. The pendulum swings too quickly when ideas or policies are put in place.

    Advice to Management

    When you put new policy in place, give it time to set in. Don't be afraid to push administrators to different roles to avoid stagnation.


  6. "spps ea"

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    Current Employee - Educational Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Educational Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good cause/people, benefits are great as is pay.

    Cons

    administration can be a bit clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Admins talk to teachers to implement correct policies.


  7. "Paraprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional/TA in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional/TA in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint Paul Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of vacation--you get off when kids are off and 2 weeks in Dec.
    Great staff depending on which school, the kids are often times very sweet (of course this depends on what grade and what school too).
    You get to learn what teachers are really going through and what they have to face on the daily. An inside scoop on their job.

    Cons

    not enough pay for what you really have to do and work with...

    Advice to Management

    pay your TA's more!


  8. "Difficult to Make Ends Meet for a Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant I in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant I in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Generally great support, depending on building. Regular working hours. Working with students is often equal parts difficult and rewarding. Many bank holidays are off and compensated. Great system for continued training. Extra compensation for college education.

    Cons

    "Merit based" pay raises have too much red tape. 10 Month employees are paid on a one month lag, which can be difficult to maneuver. New TAs are not told initially that they are considered temporary/unskilled employees, and therefore not eligible for ANY kind of advancement before they are brought on as at least part time. 10 Month employees are not fully compensated for Winter Break, and the 'algorithm' described in the labor agreement that determines what you are compensated for over break is beyond vague. TAs are not compensated for most days off during the school year unless it is a bank holiday. Everything hinges on taxes, which is unfortunately unavoidable. You have to actively fight to get your college credits taken into consideration for compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Just be sincere. Truly sincere. We all understand underneath it all that this is a business, even if it's public. Instead of using intimidation-esque tactics that simultaneous encourage and dissuade employees from taking extra training, do your homework and be up to date on common practices for things like lane-changes and tell new hires that they are temporary from jump.


  9. "SPPS"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant II in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant II in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    SPPS is a great district with lots of potential. My school specifically makes so many accommodations for students with special needs.

    Cons

    The district has leaned away from protecting it's employees in order to save face on a federal scale. Some situations handled by the district are questionable. The pay scale for TA's is ridiculously low and bilingual employees see no pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


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    "Working In Saint Paul"

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

    I worked at Saint Paul Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great kids
    - Teaching staff awesome for the most part

    Cons

    - Payroll is unprofessional and rude - they also have a hard time getting paychecks out. Every employee has a story about dealing with them. The one thing you DON'T do is mess with people's money...and that's what they love doing best.
    - Too many paper pushing administrators (and other useless people) jerking the staff around. Unfortunately, it's the kids who end up suffering.

    Advice to Management

    Fire 75% of the employees. Keep the teaching staff and maybe a few front office people. Get rid of the freeloaders that make up the Public School System. You people are thieves and your fellow taxpayers (the ones you're ripping off) ought to see what you're doing with their money.


  11. "A Completely Dysfunctional District with Mean Students and Unsupportive Staff"

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

    Pros

    There is nothing positive working for this dysfunctional urbanized district. Most of the students lack social, coping skills and site administrators are devious. Students love to make trouble for new employees. The buildings are old, cold, uncomfortable and tacky..

    Cons

    I was a substitute reserve who worked everyday at a different school and each day brought its share of misery, frustration and meanness. This district does not appreciate nor does it care about its subs and has given the job of hiring teachers to the firm, Teachers On Call, a temp help agency. The teachers are unfriendly and unhelpful and the students present with severe behavior management problems. The administrators and teachers at each school look for the slightest infraction so that an adverse entry can be put in the sub's personnel file. Once filed, it can never be removed. This district grinds out subs and does not care if they retain good teachers. I have been put in dysfunctional classrooms where students are used to behaving badly. The teachers are unhelpful, especially when the sub must ask the adjacent teacher to unlock the absent teacher's classroom. St. Paul school can make you really regret that you chose to work for them.

    Advice to Management

    No advice can be given to an already sick, dysfunctional school district that is pathologically ill.


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