Unappreciative Management and Administrative Staff
School Nurse (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – March 16, 2017
I worked for GRPS for 20 years and was forced to resign because of jealous, lying underhanded management and administration staff. I would encourage educated, dedicated and passionate individuals to apply elsewhere. You will waste your time working for a district who does not value or appreciate individuals who are highly educated and dedicated to students. Administration only cares about politics and dollar signs. Administration is only out for themselves and don't give a flying fig about students. It's all a facade. Even if they doubled or tripled my salary, I would never for them again. Corrupted.
Students and families, frequent breaks off
No one is accountable for the dirt administration gets away with
Teacher (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – December 11, 2016
Current and former teachers' reviews are gone. Four others remain, hmmmmm. I suspect the reviews were reported. What remains is a little one sided, with little discussion if any about the poor salaries and poor administration.
Intelligent, hardworking teachers
Frozen salary, nepotism, admin without proper educational training and experience
Non-Certified Teacher (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – January 7, 2017
The work is strenuous at times but it is very rewarding. I learned to manage conflict between students very well. The hardest part of the job was knowing that you could not do much to help the students with academics outside of school hours.
Doing the best with current circumstances, Mindsets Matter
K-5 Visual Arts Educator (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids, Michigan – February 4, 2017
Each school has a different climate based on leadership. I have taught at a hand full of school buildings and am most fulfilled and supported at Cesar E. Chavez. I am fortunate to work under a great administrative staff of principal and vice principal. The biggest challenges lie in a shortage of staff due to supposed budget cuts. There are a lot of students that benefit from smaller group instruction and one-on-one relationship building. It would be great to feel like everyone had the time and financial support to plan, collaborate and implement amazing ideas/ opportunities for our diverse students, while also enjoying a meaningful personal life balance.
The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the progress that students make and the joy it brings to them and their families.
Our professional development is quality and engaging, a unifying plan for district has made GRPS stronger
short staffed, underpaid, underfunded.....who is really to blame for this though?!
Financial Accountant (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – August 11, 2016
Busy with phone calls from internal departments, buildings and external companies and organizations. Process purchase requisitions, payments, journal entries and building use forms. Analyze, report, assist and make recommendations for the department budgets. Assist with financial reports to the Board of Education monthly and for our yearly audit. Management and staff are great to work with. Learning about construction projects and reporting due to new funding. The department is extremely busy so we have to be organized and flexible to handle everything. I really love what I do!
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – August 29, 2016
Enjoyed the interaction of special needs kids. Enjoyed transporting sports teams to various functions and games. Before privatization GRPS had a great benefits package. Working here allowed for summers off to spend time with my kids.
Intervention Specialist (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – June 27, 2016
Every year was a toss up because you never knew if you were going to have a job in the fall. There was no accountability, irrelevant training's and no guidance in my position. I basically took the liberty to make up my own events and duties. I loved the relationships I built with students. I did learn a lot about student behavior and resources to help them be successful.
Great student relationships, great benefits, PTO, fun student trips
Poor supervision, laid off every school year, disgruntled staff
I enjoy working with youth, although it can be challenging at times
Dean Transportation (Current Employee) – 900 Union Avenue – January 25, 2016
I really like working for Dean Transportation, however it can be a little annoying when my hours fluctuate. I prefer a guaranteed 40 hours minimum and I don't always get it. I also need affordable benefits and full time year round employment.
Urban school district; showing annual improvements.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – July 29, 2016
Facilities better than most outsiders would expect. Teachers are smart, hard-working, and are in teaching for the right reasons. Administrators are very good. Admin staff works as hard as any other district in the area. Current superintendent has made good progress in 5 year stint. District voters recently approved multi-million dollar bond issue aimed at facility upgrades - very encouraging. Greatest challenges start with spotty student attendance. Lack of parent involvement follows closely behind as a top concern. On a daily basis, teachers see the manifestation of these issues in student lack of interest, engagement, academic grit, and ability to turn work in on time - or even at all. Scores on high-stakes testing almost always follow on the low end of the typical "achievement gap" range. The most enjoyable part of the job is the satisfaction gained when success is attained. Almost every relationship built with individual students ends up being enjoyable and rewarding. Relationships with colleagues is very good - teachers get along pretty well across the board.
Classroom autonomy, wonderful colleagues, admin support
School bus driver K thru 12. Lead Driver (Former Employee) – 900 Union NE Grand Rapids Mi – September 15, 2015
Overall Bus driver for 25 years. Worked for Grand Rapids Public Schools for almost 19 years. I drove K-12 students to and from school. I was also a Lead Driver. As a lead driver, I trained new employees in driving skills, how to drive the bus. I was one of 7 instructors for safety courses.
In 2005 Grand Rapids Public Schools, privatized our department with Dean Transportation. Shortly after that I moved to Florida until I retired.
Substitute Teacher in many schools (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids Public Schools – November 30, 2015
GRPS diversity makes its community, which becomes a rewarding and eye opening experience. I saw where some schools had all resources for the students and other schools had no resources at all (exmpl: books, workbooks, computers, lastest copy machine etc.) where others had more than needed...I worked one school where students needed to get caught up with credits for graduation...but no one was giving direction on how to get there...many students didn't even know how many credits they had or what they needed to graduate, some students didn't even need to be there. Overall the school system is a positive...but needs lots of help in protecting the education for ALL STUDENTS not just some.
Diversified with many races and cultures, which shows the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Attacked by outside money seeking greedy poachers, which causes the current superintendent stress in establishing a educational album, that caters to every sector of the education system.
Loved the summers off, salary rates for teachers, free parking,evaluation from adminstrative was positive
Teacher (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – May 17, 2015
I enjoyed working for Grand Rapids Public Schools until the year before I retired. At that time with a new superintendent and a new principal at the high school where I worked the direction of how they viewed veteran teachers were negative and undocumented. I had 30 years in and was going to stay longer but the drive to push teachers out that was on top of pay scale was there. I had my first negative evaluation in all my years of teaching. So I just retired.
Great Health insurance, Paid sick leaves, A spring break and Christmas break with pay