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I typically didnt like working at this job because I only worked 2 hours a day and got paid $10.00 an hour. I specifically didnt like how I was talked to at this job in particular. The hardest part of this job was having to deal with some of the other paras that I worked with, the only thing I liked about this job was being able to watch the kids.
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Great people and a great mission!

The mission of our job is to support kids, and I love that aspect. Great group of people to work with! It was great to keep the schools clean for the students!
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Derby Public Schools in Derby, KS has great community support and quality staff working to serve students.

Derby Public Schools in Derby, KS has great community support and quality staff working to serve students. I feel I am able to prioritize my family's schedule along with my work tasks.
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Amazing district to work for.

Loved the district and the people I worked with and worked for. The pay was bottom line. Even after 5 years, I still hadn’t made what I was making at my previous job.
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Great teachers and administrators.

District policies don't value teachers, but the day-to-day environment is great. Building administrators are smart and supportive and colleagues are helpful and encouraging.
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  • Clear sense of purpose
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  • Fair pay for job

The day to day people are great, but the administration is terrible.

The hiring and leadership administration is determined to keep managerial salaries extremely low, while piling on as much extra work as the superintendent demands. There is an unmatched 403b option with a decade long vesting period, and mandatory participation in KPERS. Otherwise there are no retirement benefits. Poor health insurance with high premiums. Salary for an IT manager position is about 40% lower than it should be, with no opportunity to advance. Raises range from 1.5%-3%. Managers are on contract, so any accrued vacation or sick leave is forfeited unless you leave on July 1st.


The day to day employees are a fantastic group of people. Also, you really can't get fired.


Just don't.
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Great district to work for - shady upper management

I worked in the Technology Department for several years. For most of those years it was a fun and happy environment as long as you don't get caught up in the gossip. This department had a MAJOR problem with two people in particular who loved gossiping trying to get others in trouble. Multiple Director's tried to get this resolved over the years. Towards the end of my time with the district a new director was hired. At first the director was very nice and appeared to support his staff. He made several changes for the better. Changes that made the department more efficient. However he claims he always has his staff's back. On more than one occasion i can personally account that this is not true. On two different occasions he turned his back. On one of these occasions he personally told me I was in the right about a concern that i brought to him and he supported my issue. Was told by him directly he fully supported me and would address the problem. He even invited me to come over to his house that weekend with my daughter to meet his kids. Two days later he cancelled this weekend get together and turned his back. The second incident involves the IT Director and the HR Director. I was on FMLA for an injury. While on FMLA the IT Director & the HR Director asked me to come in for a sit down. I agree'd thinking nothing of it. This turned out to be an ambush. Behind a closed door both of these director's sat me down and pressured me to quit my job. Again, while on FMLA. A program that is there to protect your job or so I thought. Because of this ambush I feared for losing my job & I - 
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Tight Knit District Community

Good district, devoted to innovation and technology. The schools are tight communities, and the local district really unites together to work for the good of all students. Being in a smaller district affords more opportunities for joining support committees and having your voice heard.
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Great place to work

Students are the priority and most want to do well. Teachers and staff are supporting of one another. Success is rewarded but not necessarily by tangibles!


Great people


Teacher's salary? What can I say.
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working with children with learning disabilities

Some teachers were very supportive. Other teachers didn't respect what a paraeducator was trying to do. Students didn't respect paraeducators at all. Saw them as just a way to pass the class and get it over with. Not many benefits, except that had the summers off, but that also meant no pay during the summer.
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Great Place To Work!

I taught in Derby before becoming a school social worker. Outstanding coworkers, supportive parents and awesome students. I feel very fortunate having the opportunity to work there. :-)
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Nothing gets done

Nothing will ever change or get done. They could have awesome schools and Tech but they have no initiative. They need a complete over haul of upper management down to Principals!


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Everything and everyone above an hourly employee.
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Fun workplace but...

I love working with the students. They keep my job entertaining. The teachers lack in communication with their paras, and therefore paras are left behind. Otherwise, it is a great place to work if you do not mind the underpay.


Students, steady hours


Underpaid, lack of communication, lunches are random
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Overall good place

Overall a good place to work. Most people really care about their jobs and try to do the best they can for kids. Sometimes communication is not ideal and you don't know what's going to happen until it does, though people do not do this on purpose.


good coworkers, management cares about you
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Enjoyed the diversity and daily challenge of being with a different grade level.

• Instructed diverse populations, including special needs and low income students, in social studies, science (physics, biology), history, English and music; used multi-modality approach to teaching.• Created lesson plans in line with state mandates and district’s master core educational mapping, fully preparing students for next grade level.• Developed and supported academic and discipline objectives, acting as go-to person for resolving issues associated with high-risk students.
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3.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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