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Special School District Reviews

Updated August 5, 2017
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  1. "Great place to learn and grow as a Paraprofessional"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ABA Paraprofessional in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - ABA Paraprofessional in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends

    I worked at Special School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -rewarding and fun work
    -build great relationships with co-workers and within school's community
    -learn about how to manage behaviors, adapt lesson plans and classroom management
    -Opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    -Starting pay is low and takes a long time to work your way up to a comfortable wage.
    -Pay raises based on seniority and not work performance


  2. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great in the beginning

    Cons

    Too much paper work to complete

  3. "Special Ed for St. Louis County"

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    Former Employee - Reading Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Reading Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Special School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good
    Lots of resources
    Benefits good

    Cons

    State Standards are unrealistic for students
    Transition program poor


  4. "Short review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Special School District part-time

    Pros

    Diverse schedule to choose from

    Cons

    Traveling distances that are more than desirable

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Teacher Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, and you get a ton of experience. I had four schools as me to work for them- so I got my choice of schools and could pick one close to my house. So many sick days and PTO, as well.

    Cons

    You get paid differently based off the experience, so I could be working harder at my job but paid less because I have less experience.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not what the tax payers think they are getting."

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    Former Employee - Speech Language Pathologist
    Former Employee - Speech Language Pathologist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Special School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and salary are great, but they are at other school districts as well.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, duplicated service delivery, duplicated administration between SSD and partner districts. Does not follow ADA guidelines for staff. In my experience SSD did not respond to ADA accommodation recommendations in the legal time frame set forth in the ADA. SSD administration has a tendency to favor family, friends, and those in relationships with the hiring parties. Entrenched upper management/administration was unwilling to listen to staff regarding changes to service delivery and policies. Admin. flag staff that make suggestions or that are whistle blowers, preventing them from moving vertically or laterally. SSD exhibited a large amount of administrative retaliation against employees. Board policies read like instructions for IKEA furniture and are impossible to know all of them and accurately follow.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote based on experience and knowledge not on who you are dating, married to, or related to. The board of education should remove all upper administration, reduce the top heavy nature of the agency and ensure clearly stated policies.


  7. "Para educator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great medical coverage
    Choice of facilities

    Cons

    Interviewing and hiring process takes too long

  8. "Interpreter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educational Interpreter in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Educational Interpreter in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    SSD offers benefits, full-time interpreting positions and retirement.

    Cons

    The company has decreased summer pay for interpreters.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Special School District part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Choose your own schedule,very flexible

    Cons

    Low pay and very disorganized


  10. "Paraprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great stepping stone for employment in schools.

    Cons

    Work can get monotonous.


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