Pros: excellent teachers, northern schools easier to work in.
Cons: teacher salaries frozen, furlough days, union and district in a power struggle.
I used to work in Adams 12 until I had the opportunity to move into Boulder Valley Schools. I left a full time position in my tenure year to take a .8 position and make more money with better full time benefits now in my new job. I bring this up because in Adams, teachers are currently forced to take furlough days, their pay has been frozen, many valuable programs are being cut and most importantly teachers are getting bumped by veteran teachers, resulting in new hires getting pink slips. There was a feeling amongst the teachers and students that the community didn't value what they were doing (no tax increase for funding) and the Adams 12 leadership is expecting teachers to pick up this slack while they continue to pull 6 figure salaries and seemingly add little value to the daily work being done in the schools. Furthermore, the school board is making a concerted effort to break up the union, and Fox 31 news is investigating the district leadership from hiding money from the public. While some may laud the reduction of union power, many of the schools in southern part of the district especially are extremely challenging and stressful positions, with less parental support, higher drug, discipline, and truancy problems and more transient school populations.
So why does all of this matter? I have many good friends in Adams 12 who do some of the best teaching work in the state. And most of them would tell you they feel trapped there because they would lose tenure and pay if they looked elsewhere. Aside from the validation they get from fellow colleagues and students, they work – more... for a school district in decline and suffering from a crisis of leadership who doesn't value their work and their profession. As a new applicant, there are better districts to work for, and the only reason you are able to view the current Adams 12 job on indeed is because another teacher left for greener pastures. Until the district leadership changes and the community starts to value their schools, I would stay far away from Adams 12. – less