Admin Jobs within Schools?

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Admin Jobs within Schools?
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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 10:22am

Going back to work after 15 yrs out! Let's face it --- I'd like to be on my kids' skeds!

I have a business degree - but no particular specialty. I figure I can always do Admin work ---

What sorts of Admin positions exist in typical schools? besides - your front desk secretary? Do you know how those positions normally get filled?

thanks!

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Mon, 02-22-2010 - 8:07pm
What a frustrating place to be in and to think that most para positions, you have to have a certain number of college hours! My sister works as a library para, too. She works the job because she loves working with kids and it was the only available job she could find. Their district is smaller than mine and we have less than 500 students district-wide. Paras are so undervalued. Sadly, I think more and more will be cut as budgets get slashed again. All of the paras in my building are amazing. If it weren't for a couple of them, the kids who need the help would be floundering if not completely under by now.
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Sun, 02-21-2010 - 4:31pm

You're right. They only get paid for the hours they work. In my district, if we close for snow, they don't even get paid. When we have an early dismissal for professional development, they go home and get paid only for part of the day.

In my opinion, the only reason districts are able to fill these jobs, is that there are so many moms who want to be on the same schedule as their kids and most of them have working spouses so they can make do with what they get.

My para, who works for me in the library, when she's not pulled for other things, is in this job solely so she can be on her kids' schedule. Her dh just lost his job and they are in dire straights. They now have no health insurance and can't even afford to pay the mortgage. She told me that soon her 17yo dd will make more than she does (per hour)working at Starbucks!

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Sun, 02-21-2010 - 4:24pm
My oldest sister is a paraprofessional and the things that are the most frustrating for her are the pay and the hours. She doesn't get paid over the summer break and with current budget situations, her position is in serious threat at the moment. I don't know how it works in other districts, but I don't believe that most districts in my state pay their non-certified staff over the summer.
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Sat, 02-20-2010 - 1:53pm

In the elementary school, paras are often playground supervisors, crossing guards and health room assistants (when the actual nurse is at a different building - the nurses in my district all have two or three buildings), too. And cafeteria workers. In-school suspension supervisors in secondary schools.

They don't get paid much, and in my district, their schedules are always being screwed with, hours cut when a high needs SPED student moves, or SPED enrollment drops in general, or due to budget cuts. Most of our paras stick with it because they really enjoy working with kids, but here they are getting more and more frustrated with the way they are treated. Not necessarily by the teachers and the building admin, but the district admin.

Most of our office staff work the school year plus a couple weeks, depending on the position. Office managers and registrars generally have just one month off in the summer, but our financial secretary and attendance secretary work essentially the school year, with a couple extra days at the beginning and end of the year. We lost our full time attendance position last year, she got transferred to another school so she could staff full time. We only have a 5 hour attendance secretary now (full time is 6+ hours). I am in a 800 student middle school.

I would suggest keeping a close eye on your local districts job website - our district doesn't advertise in the newspaper, or anything like that. They get enough applicants with just the web postings.

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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 2:59pm
Paraprofessionals are aides that help out in the classroom. Many paras help out with special ed kids. In my school, kids who are very low functioning have one-to-one paras assigned to them. My district has full inclusion so even very low functioning special ed students are in the regular classroom. Last year I had student who is non-verbal, not toilet trained, cannot read or write who functions like a three year old, in my class. She always has a para with her. She cannot feed herself either. However, many paras just do general helping out in the classroom and work in small groups as an extra set of hands when the teacher has different kids doing different things.
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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 11:35am
Thanks -
Paras --- are like secondary teachers, right? still working constantly w/the kids?
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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 10:43am

Just so you know, if you get an administrative job, you may NOT be on your kids' schedule. Many administrative people work all summer, although they are off during school year vacations. If you want to do secretarial work, try a HS. They have the most secretaries. In addition to the main office they often have secretaries in the guidance dept and each academic department sometimes has their own secretary. These positions must be advertised where the public can see them, such as the newspaper, but they are advertised internally first to give people already in the district a chance. You can also check websites of districts in your area. Most have their open positions listed somewhere on the site.

If you really want to be on the same schedule as your kids and you have no education background, you should look into being a paraprofessional. They are off when kids are off. The pay and benefits for para jobs vary wildly from district to district. In my district, the paras have no benefits and start at about $10 an hour. In my dh's district paras have benefits and start at about $15 an hour.