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West Contra Costa USD - Richmond Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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West Contra Costa USD - Richmond Superintendent Bruce Harter
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  1. "Love this School District!!!"

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

    Pros

    Very wonderful staff who help you along every step of the way.

    Cons

    The time card system is a work in progress.

    Advice to Management

    I think offering promotions and job opportunities to the public and from within (especially transfer promotions would be fantastic). Also, if they had a volunteer and training regiment to bring talented workers in would be fantastic.


  2. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Potential for Promotion, Family Environment

    Cons

    The old building but they have since moved to the Marina.

  3. "Richmond College Preparatory Charter is a great place for kids."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time

    Pros

    See kids as individuals, not as statistics. Fosters emotional learning. Offer great after school programs and intervention support throughout the day. Kind to staff and students.

    Cons

    Not enough curriculum or support around pushing reading/writing growth. Too much time in the afternoon spent on English Language Development, rather than whole-class instruction.

    Advice to Management

    Less staff meetings during the day (more after school), 25 minutes of daily ELD instead of 45 minutes of daily ELD.


  4. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive of employees, lots of advancement available if you work hard.

    Cons

    Too many priorities, lack of focus.


  5. "career"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Twinsburg, OH
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Twinsburg, OH

    Pros

    delivery some of the items they can get

    Cons

    get the all of the items repair for the people they get

    Advice to Management

    working to get rise and working for a job


  6. "Mix of great and mediocre people"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some administrators and fellow educators with their hearts in the right place. The administrators at the school are generally supportive of the teachers. When a student is causing unreasonable amounts of trouble for you, the administrators and guidance counselors are on your side first. Good effort is put into the athletic programs, and the administrators aim to make the workplace welcoming for all teachers.

    Cons

    There are many terrible teachers here. The expectations are difficult to maintain and there is not much unity among the teaching staff. Terrible pay scale and advancement. High turnover rate for all staff. There is little oversight and accountability - when accountability is implemented, it is ineffective. There is a high rate of drug and alcohol abuse by the students (as expected in a high poverty school). Also, even though effort is put into the athletic programs, it seems that athletics sometimes ends up taking precedence over academics.


  7. "Lots of problems in the district"

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    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good sense of community, cares greatly for teachers, payroll is always on time. Many opportunities for professional development. Love the children.

    Cons

    Low pay, stressful school environments, issues with safety. Questionable usage of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the teachers, pay them more and keep them in the district!

  8. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think they have good people there

    Cons

    Dangerous neighborhood. It's tough to travel there.

    Advice to Management

    I like the superintendent. He is good.


  9. "Substitute teacher - free but rootless"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher

    I worked at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to use computer system to choose substitute teacher assignments of the length, subject, age group and location that you are interested in that day or week. Generally relatively hands-off oversight from administrators allows you to experiment with pedagogy.

    Cons

    Substitute teaching is bleak unless you can develop relationships with particular teachers and administrators at particular locations. WCCUSD is so huge and its so hard to routinely find work at the same school that this is difficult. Also teachers will just as often as not leave inadequate lesson plans and administrators have little interest in how you are doing in the classroom unless things get out of control, so there is little guidance. You are in many ways a babysitter of large groups of children whose behavior occasionally borders on unruly. Your pay, which is meager but not as bad as it could be, reflects this.

    Advice to Management

    Offer major financial incentives for people to sign up to work both half or full time as substitutes devoted to a certain school or schools where they can develop relationships with teachers, administrators and students and thereby be able to perform a better service for all, be more fulfilled themselves and get better compensated.


  10. "Low pay but some nice schools"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good campuses, many dedicated teachers and staff. Broad cultural diversity is wonderful, but makes things confusing and complicated sometimes.

    Cons

    Terribly low salaries, especially with the high cost of living in the SF Bay Area. A culture of despair drags many students down, making it harder for the over-worked teachers. Uncertainty for new teachers causes high turn-over and everyone suffers.

    Advice to Management

    Do whatever you can to keep the new teachers happy and engaged. Anything you can do to improve the stability of the workforce can only help. It's not like any of us became teachers to become rich, so at least support us however you can, and remind the older teachers to do the same. We're all in this together.


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