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Spring Independent School District Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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  • High turnover at some schools both with teachers and admin (in 4 reviews)

  • Staff and administration are run on politics (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great work place"

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    Current Employee - Child Nutrition Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Child Nutrition Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work woth kids and food

    Cons

    Management Is not friendly.


  2. "Need More Honesty When Recruiting!"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Co-Workers
    -Some decent students and administrators
    -Some decent facilities

    Cons

    -Salary match for experience? (Pay cut after accepting position)
    -Student discipline is almost non-existent and inconsistently carried out
    (kids basically run wild and use profanity towards adults without repercussions)
    -High turnover among staff and administration
    (4 teachers and 2 administrators left already…4 for other positions)
    - Ancient classroom technology
    -Seemingly little to virtually no support for teachers
    -Overcrowded classes due to seriously under-staff departments
    (43 kids in one room??)
    -Top-heavy administrative structure on campuses
    (Instructional coaches for all core subjects)

    Advice to Management

    Please be more transparent with those who consider working for the district. Be honest about what takes place on various campuses (discipline, facilities, staffing, class sizes., etc., etc..). I understand what must be said during the interview process, but a little more openness would have been really appreciated before taking a position a couple of years ago.

  3. "unsupportive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Spring Independent School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    there arent any pros about working within this district

    Cons

    terrible benefits, stagnation in career advancement, corrupt administration


  4. "Hard Work Pays Off"

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    Current Employee - Elem Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Elem Teacher in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spring Independent School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Students, Collegues are a plus to be around, as well as Management

    Cons

    A lot of paperwork. Wish it was more modernized.


  5. "Teacher/Coach"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spring Independent School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love working with kids

    Cons

    The kids run the school


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hope to find a new district soon"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Salary above 50k
    -Benefits
    -Time off around holidays and summers

    Cons

    -Poor organization that does not communicate expectations clearly
    -District does not support campuses
    -Poor professional development compared to other districts for newer teachers
    -Discipline is not handled well by the district and though my principal has tried several avenues and solutions to combat this, they are still met with resistance from administration when it comes to implementing these solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Support your campuses' initiatives for discipline management. That would at least be a start.


  7. "Teachers are good, everyone else is looking over their shoulders"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Like most teaching jobs, the teachers in general are good people.

    Cons

    However the teachers are pretty upset over the whole grade thing that happened last year, and that is the only thing on the admins minds.

    Advice to Management

    Actually be a school

  8. "Elementary School Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Elementary School Teacher
    Current Employee - Elementary School Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Decent Benefits

    Cons

    Because it is being audited by TEA the district micromanages everything the teachers do. Also I spend an average of 3 planning periods per week in meetings and 2 to 4 afternoons per week (after school) in required meetings and workshops. We are also required to spend many hours every month running and analyzing and reflecting on data reports about our students and creating and documenting detailed "interventions" for our at risk students.

    Advice to Management

    No meetings during teacher's planning periods. Limit after school meetings for teachers to one per week. Reduce our paperwork and data input so that we can focus on teaching, grading, and lesson plans.


  9. "Focusing on the wrong thing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary and that's about it.

    Cons

    Long hours
    Poor management
    Micromanagement

    I've worked as a teacher for a few years previously while wearing jeans and t shirts everyday in my old campus. And guess what? We had way higher scores than the kids here, same demographics. Same poverty, same language barriers, same ethnicity. Instead of focusing on parent involvement and things proven to improve performance, they scrutinize your clothes and whiteboard.

    Advice to Management

    Have some faith in those you hire. My principal won't even let us copy anything in the printer unless she and 2 other instructional specialists approve it. So basically, it never gets approved.


  10. "Director of Application Support"

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    Current Employee - Director of Applications Support in Cypress, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Applications Support in Cypress, TX

    I have been working at Spring Independent School District (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The challenges and learning experience are great. the people go out of their way to help.

    Cons

    Red tape slows change and progress.


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