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215 Responses to “Ask HR”

  • Carol Saldana:

    How do I verify how many units I need to get the next lane on the pay scale?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Carol

      You can contact the Employee Services office at 303-344-8060 x-29021 or 28030. They will be able to assist you.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Jason:

    I was told I there is no position for me next year and there are no positions for what I teach in the district. How long will my health benefits last, will it be till the end of July. Do I need to fill out any paperwork for being a RIF in the district.

    • gequintana:

      Hello Jason

      This info will depend on your last day and/or last paycheck so you will want to contact Ashley Johnston in the benefits office at 303-344-8060 x-28073 or asjohnston@aps.k12.co.us. She can also help you if you should need to sign up for COBRA.

      Thanks
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Katie:

    What happens to my personal days at the end of the year? I have heard both that I lose them, and that I keep them, but as health leave instead of personal leave.

    Thanks!

  • Jennifer:

    If I leave the district for another teaching position, will I be paid out my existing sick leave?

  • Brittany:

    How do former employees get their W2 forms?

  • Korey:

    Hi,
    I must have missed to assistant pool opening, and am wondering how often or when/if the pool will open again before the next year?
    04/05/17

    • gequintana:

      Hello Korey

      The posting for the general principal and assistant principal is typically put up in the winter and applications are accepted and screened on an ongoing bases through the spring.

      Thank you
      Giovanni

  • Nickole Holland:

    Who do I tell a person to contact if they need to verify my employment?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Nickole

      If this is for income verification you will have them visit https://verify.employersunity.com/.

      If it is to verify years of service in the district you can contact our Employee Services Office at 303-344-8060 x-28030

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Lisa:

    I am retiring at the end of this year – do I need to set up an appt. with HR

    • gequintana:

      Hello Lisa

      You do not need to make an appointment with HR but please fill out the online separation form at http://oraprod00.aps.k12.co.us:8020/pls/apex/f?p=117:7
      This can only be accessed on an district computer.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

    • Helen:

      Hi Lisa,
      I am planning on retiring and I need to know what happens to the sick leave and vacation leave that I have accumulated?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Helen

      The vacation is paid out as a full amount. Employees with at least 10 years of service in the district will be paid out for sick leave. There will be no pay for the first 30 days. If there is leave remaining after the 30 days that will be paid out as a rate of .0015 times the annual salary. You may contact the compensation office with further details.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Corey Price:

    After 11 years in APS, I switched districts and am now teaching in Jefferson County. How do I obtain my W-2 from employment for last year?

    thanks,

    Corey Price

  • Heather:

    If I have life insurance under Pera, do I also have life insurance with the district? Are they the same or different?

  • Mary C Dwyer:

    When ordering transcripts from Colleges or Universities for salary advancement, do I need to have the transcripts mailed directly to APS or am I able to have them emailed to me so that I can copy them and bring them into APS Office of Human Resources?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Mary

      You may have them sent to your house, just as long as we get the originals and not a copy.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Kelly Quiett:

    How do I go about applying for salary advancement?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Kelly

      If you have official transcripts showing that you have an additional 15 credits you may bring that to our employee services office here at ESC 4.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • I need a headletter for work verification how many hours I work

    • gequintana:

      Hello Alicia

      Please contact our Employee Services office at 303-344-8060 x-29021 or x-28030.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Conor Simbeck:

    I believe that I need to update my home address as my Valic 403b account still reflects my old home address. What do I need to do or whom can I write to get this done?

  • Rosalinda Garcia-Romero:

    Hi,

    I was a certified employee for APS but now work for another district. Who do I need to contact to get my previous employment form completed?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Rosalinda

      You will want to contact our Employee Services office at 303-344-8060 x-28030.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Donna Lopez:

    If I bring in a certified copy of my marriage license, will that be sufficient to change my name in my file and on my ID?

    Thank you,
    Donna

    • gequintana:

      Hello Donna

      Yes this would be sufficient. Please bring this to HR at ESC 4.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator.

  • Neosha Allen:

    I am getting ready to go on Maternity leave in 3 weeks or less. I know that I have to put all my absent days into aesop. Does Kelly provide a long term sub for the weeks I am out (I am an AN Para at Century) or is it just up in the air?

  • Colin Constance:

    How do I submit a change of address so that my paycheck will be mailed to my new address? I am an Appendix B employee at Gateway H.S.

    • gequintana:

      Hello Colin

      You can contact Karen Parks-McClinon at
      303-344-8060 x-28032 she will be able to assist you with an address change.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Vincent Lucero:

    How do you access pay stubs? I’m a new teacher in the district and need to provide documentation for Human Services, but I can’t find mine on oracle. Please help!

  • apssub:

    What is the status of pera for substitutes now that Kelly services handles the subs?

    • gequintana:

      Please contact Kelly Educational Services at (303) 940-5673 or you can contact PERA as well at
      1-800-759-7372, they should be able to assist.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Patricia LaMontagne:

    Does APS still have an “employee suggestion box”? and if so, how do I access it?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Patricia

      I apologize but APS does not have an employee suggestion box. ALthough that would be something to consider.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • sandra Galow:

    Could you tell me the first thing I need to do if I plan to retire this year. Who do I Contact first before PERA.

  • Bryan Ford:

    Hi!
    I recently got married. I would like to cancel my health benefit since I will be added to my wife’s plan. When is open enrollment and where do I find the information to do this?

    Thanks,
    Bryan

    • gequintana:

      Hello Bryan

      Open enrollment is in May, but this may be considered a qualifying event to be able to change sooner. Please contact our benefits office for further information at 303-344-8060 X-28073 or X-28038.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Sarah Gasior:

    Hi,
    I am wondering with the district moving to SABA from Avatar, how do I access past transcripts of learning for renewing my professional license? I am able to get onto SABA but cannot find my past professional learning transcripts.
    Thank you!

    • gequintana:

      Hello Sarah

      You should be able to access your old AVATAR transcripts through SABA. If you are not able to see them, please contact the professional learning office at 303-340-0859.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Brian DeCaro:

    Who do I talk to about options for getting credits for salary advancement?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Brian

      You will want to contact Karen Parks-MCClinon in the compensation office at 303-344-8060 x- 28032.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Karla Rosario:

    How many teaching years of experience can you bring into the district. I am curious with 25 years of experience before coming to APS, where would I lie on the pay scale with a BA30.
    Thanks!

  • Jason Kent:

    Hello,

    I will be coaching for APS this season. Is there a difference in coach pay for certified and licensed staff? If so, what is the difference?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jason

    • gequintana:

      Hello Jason,

      Classified are paid on the same scale but please contact Diane Simmons, 303-344-8060 x-28066, in compensation for further details on any differences with classified employees that are coaching.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Diana:

    I retired from APS in May, 2016 and would like to get my transcripts from the AVATAR program. How can I get the transcript?
    Thanks .

    • gequintana:

      Hello Diana

      Here is the link with information regarding SABA (which was once SABA) you should be able to access your transcripts from there if not you will want to contact someone in professional learning 303-340-0859.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Atanya Hassan:

    Good Morning;

    I would like to know how long does it take to hear back for the job applications submitted after the close date?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Atanya

      This communication comes from the site that posted the job. You may contact the site and ask them directly.

      Thanks
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Beatriz Lewis:

    Hello,
    I’m new to aps and was hired as a paraeducator. I don’t remember setting up and email for aps. If someone could please help me set up an email for work that would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    Beatriz Lewis

    • gequintana:

      Hello Beatriz,

      You should have email when you start your new position, your site should assist you in setting up your access.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Tammy:

    Is there a cut off day to be able to transfer jobs from one school to another school?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Tammy

      There is not a cut off but I would suggest speaking with either your supervisor or HR Director to discuss what the practice may be.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Sonia Flores:

    I applied for a job at APS, but I will like to know what benefits do APS has.
    sick time, medical leave, vacations etc.

    • gequintana:

      Hello Sonia

      APS does have several benefits options available. To what extent may depend on what position you have and how many days and hours you work. For a summary of our benefits you can visit our website at http://hr.aurorak12.org/benefits/.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Samantha:

    Hello-

    I was a sub during the 2015-2016 school year. I learned the district has contracted with Kelly Services. I will be going to their office next week for my new badge. What do I need to do with my old one? Thank you for your time.

    • gequintana:

      Hello Samantha

      You can bring your badge back to ESC 4.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Jamie:

    Hi,
    I was wondering about FMLA. I started working in APS on Jan 2016 as a paraeducator. However, I got offered a position as a teacher in May 2016. I found out I was pregnant and my due date is in April 2017 I was wondering if I will be eligible to use FMLA. Thanks.

    • gequintana:

      Hello Jamie

      For FMLA you must have worked for us for the last year and worked 1250 hours within that year. Our process is to contact Patty Shaw in our Leave Office at ext. 28072. She will go over the qualifications of FMLA as well as set up a meeting to discuss other areas such as compensation and benefits.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Christy:

    Could you tell me the status of the salary step for licensed teachers?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Christy

      Negotiations for 2016-17 are not yet final until then the salaries will remain the same.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

    • Christy:

      Is.it typical for negotiations to continue this close to the beginning of the school year?

    • gequintana:

      It has happened before where negotiations are not complete until after the year has started.

  • Tracy Collier:

    Good morning!

    I was employed as a 2nd grade and 5th grade teacher with APS for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. This summer I have relocated to Ohio and am in the process of securing a position with Columbus City Schools. They are requesting employment verification from my previous districts.

    I understand that APS is now using Employers Unity for these requests. However, Columbus City Schools has a very specific form that needs to be completed with very specific requirements (must say 35+ hours rather than full time; must have an official seal or be notarized; must be an original copy and not a digital copy or fax). Whew!

    In any case, I’m in Denver this week and would LOVE to stop by tomorrow (Friday, July 1) with this form to have it completed. Is this a possibility and with whom should I speak? I would be happy to provide my badge # if that helps in any way…I no longer have the badge, obviously, but do remember the number.

    Thank you, in advance, for your help!
    Tracy

    • gequintana:

      Hello Tracy

      I apologize that you were misinformed. Employers Unity does not do these forms rather we still do these here in HR. Please stop by the HR office and speak to someone in Employee Services.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator.

  • Alison:

    Hello,

    Could you please give me an email address where I can submit a PDF of a 401(k) contribution form.

    Also, when I try to login in to Generation Ready it tells me I have been achieved.

    Lastly, when I try to access my pay-stub at the ATS site it gives me an error message. I am putting in the access code provided on the APS website, my badge number, and the last four digits of my social security number as directed, since I am a first time user.

    Thanks you for your help!

    • gequintana:

      Hello Allison

      Please contact and submit your 401K form to our benefits office at jydelarosa@aps.k12.co.us or asjohnston@aps.k12.co.us.

      Please contact the payroll office in the division of finance if you continue to have issues logging into the ATS system. They could help you reset your password.

      Please contact the Professional Development Office with questions regarding Generation Ready.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator.

  • Marisa:

    Hello,

    I have applied to a position that I would really like to interview for. Is there anything else I can do aside from submitting an application? It is a .5 kindergarten position.

    Thank you.

  • mkoop:

    What is the normal timeline for learning if you were accepted into the assistant principal pool? How long does each step of the process take before an applicant can start applying to jobs in the pool?

  • Neosha Allen:

    I am currently an AN Para at Century Elementary and I am looking to transfer to the Infant Lab. I applied to the posting on the 20th and the 24th. When will interviews be taking place or who can I contact to express my genuine interest in this switch?

    Thank You

    • gequintana:

      Hello Neosha

      Please call the Early Childhood Department at 303-344-8060 x-28971 to get further information pertaining to the interviews and to express further interest in the position.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Judy Askins:

    I’m a first grade teacher at Century and want to apply for an interventionist position. Why am I not seeing any posted? Are all of these positions a one year only position?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Judy

      There is an active posting for a Reading Intervention teacher at Altura Elementary. This is job #6839 that closes on 5/26. The intervention positions are always one year only due to how they are funded.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • MOCAMPO:

    hello,
    I’m pregnant and is due in September what are the benefits for maternity leave.

    • gequintana:

      Hello

      Maternity leave is different for everyone. You are paid based on the number of sick and/or vacation days that you have available and depending on your FMLA and pay status depends on how your benefits will be handled. I would recommend contacting Patty Shaw at 303-344-8060 X-28072 to set up a meeting to discuss further details.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Jennifer:

    Can you tell me if I can add my fiancee to my dental insurance? We will not be married for possibly another six months. Thank you

    • gequintana:

      Hello Jennifer,

      Please contact our Benefits office at 303-344-8060 ext. 28073 or ext. 28038. They should be able to assist you with your questions.

      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Kristen Jorden:

    I am leaving APS at the end of this school year and wonder when my health benefits will run out and when I will receive my last paycheck. Is it in May or August?

    • gequintana:

      Hi Kristen

      Please contact our HR office at 303-344-8060. It will be x-28039 for compensation questions and x-28038 for benefits questions.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • How do I find out how much sick leave I have left for this school year?
    Who in HR do I call?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Leanne,

      You will want to contact our Compensation Assistant at 303-344-8060 x-28032.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Nischel Hart:

    I currently have my master’s degree and am looking to advance on the pay scale. The college I am wanting to take some classes through offers credits as Graduate Credits or Recertification. It is the exact same class, but the recertification credits are cheaper. Does APS accept recertification credits for salary advancement?

    Thank you!

    • gequintana:

      Hello Nischel

      You will want to contact our Compensation Assistant at 303-344-8060 x-28032.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Monique Jameton:

    Hello,
    I see the salary schedule for licensed teachers for the 2015/2016 school year. Will that salary schedule be the same for new teachers going in to the 2016-2017 school year? Do you have past years salary schedules available?

  • Juana Liriano:

    Bilingual educator with a masters degree in education leadership is looking for a Principal or assistant principal position in Aurora or Denver area. 17 years of teaching experience with a passion to serve the learning community.

  • Georgette Menocal:

    Hello,

    I am interested in working as an elementary principal in the APS system. I hold a current Florida educator certificate in the areas of educational leadership and school principal, among others. I have been an administrator for 15 years and have a doctorate degree. What would be my starting salary and would I need to get certified in Colorado?

    Thank you.

    • gequintana:

      Good Afternoon Georgette,

      Elementary principals are a range 8 on our salary schedule with a minimum salary of $91,434 and maximum salary of $123,703. Unfortunately I couldn’t give you a definite number as that is negotiated by the Chief Personnel Officer.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

    • Michael Dunbar:

      I am wanting become a substitute teacher. I have Bachelor Degree from Lincoln University Jefferson City MO and my transcript. So what do I need to do?

      Mike Dunbar

    • gequintana:

      Good Afternoon Michael,

      Please visit our job postings site at http://www.applitrack.com/aurorak12/onlineapp/
      and look under the substitutes. Here you will find both classified and licensed substitute postings.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Mackenzie Peterson:

    Do you have public Montessori elementary schools in your district? Thanks!

    • gequintana:

      Good Afternoon Mackenzie,

      We do not have public Montessori Elementary schools in our district.

      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • lmhenessy:

    Is there a policy regarding how long a teacher has to return parent phone calls/voicemails?

    • gequintana:

      We do not have a policy regarding phone calls but you may check with your site and see if they have established a practice in their building.

      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Erin:

    I have recently moved and need to change my address with hr -who do I contact to give my new address.
    Thanks!

    • gequintana:

      Hello Erin

      You can contact Karen Parks-McClinon at 303-344-8060 x- 28032.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Katherine Steele:

    I’m an ex-employee who has since moved out of state. My new school district needs a transfer of records form to be turned in. Where should I send that form, and should I sent a self addressed stamped envelope with it? Thanks!

    • gequintana:

      Hello Katherine,

      You should contact our employee services office at 303-344-8060 x-28030.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR. Coordinator

  • Rondah:

    I am wanting to go back to school and get my master’s; I am a non-licensed Admin/PT position. Is there employer reimbursement to help cover tuition?

    • gequintana:

      Hello Rondah,

      At this time we do not have a tuition reimbursement program.

      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Signe Wichern:

    Hi,

    I am wondering how close I am to the next step in the pay scale Master’s +15. I complete nine credits doing the classes required by the district and I’ve accumulated 48.5 credit hours. I’ve also done around 150 hours of PD back in PA, before I moved to CO. Can I make any of those hours count? Just wondering what I can/need to do to make the next step!

    Signe

    • gequintana:

      Hello Signe

      You will want to contact the Compensation, LOA/Salary Advancement office at 303-344-8060 ext. 28032, they will be able to assist you in figuring out your credits.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Sandra Galow:

    What steps do I need to take in order to retire in the next few years?
    Thanks, Sandy

    • gequintana:

      Hello Sandra

      If you are retiring through PERA you would want to give them a call 1-800-759-7372 to set up any necessary meetings. For APS, when you are ready, you will need to fill out a separation form. This should be signed by your supervisor then sent over to HR.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR. Coordinator

  • Rebecca Keene:

    Hi,

    I am a new employee and wanted to check the status of my benefits. Is there a site where I can double check to see that I am enrolled in the correct programs for Medical, Dental, Vision, etc.? Thank you,

    Becky

    • gequintana:

      Hello Rebecca,

      You will need to contact our benefits office at
      303-344-8060 ext. 28038.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Tamika Hendrick:

    Hello,
    I was offered a position at an Elementary school. What do I do once I have been offered a position? How does the hiring process work?
    Thank you

    • gequintana:

      Good Afternoon,

      Depending on what type of position you were hired for, you should be contacted from either the licensed or classified office in HR with next steps. Here is also a link to a new hire check list to give you an idea of the things that will be needed http://aurorak12.org/hr/NewEmployeeChecklist.pdf

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Patrick:

    How does the Classified Salary schedule work?

    I understand the numbers represent the different types of jobs but what do the letters stand for? And in what range can/will a new hire start?

    Thank you.

    • gequintana:

      Hi Patrick

      The numbers (range) represent the relative complexity of the job. The higher the range the more complex the position is. The letters (step) represent the employee’s service. With Board approval, employees annually move horizontally on the salary scale.

      New hires typically come in on step A. In some cases new employees may start higher depending on experience.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator.

  • Hello,
    How do I sign up for Health Insurance and other benefits?

    • gequintana:

      Hi Elizabeth

      If you are a new employee to the district enrollment for benefits must be completed within your first 30 days of employment. If you are a current employee you must have a qualifying event or wait for open enrollment in May. For further information please visit our website at http://hr.aurorak12.org/benefits/ or contact our benefits office directly at ext. 28073 or ext. 28038.

      Thank you
      Giovanni Quintana
      HR Coordinator

  • Mercedes:

    How offten do pay raises happen?

    • gequintana:

      Hi Mercedes,

      APS negotiates salaries once a year and any changes are typically effective at the start of the new school year. Depending on what employee type you are would depend on what month the change would take place.

  • Jennifer Shelby:

    I have applied for several positions listed on the APS website. Who can I contact to follow up on the positions and my interest in working for APS?

    Thank you.
    Jennifer Shelby

    • gequintana:

      Hi Jennifer,

      If you have applied for a licensed position you can contact our licensed office at 303-344-8060 ext- 28033. If you have applied for a classified position you can contact us at 303-344-8060 ext. 28016.

      Thank you for your question

      Giovanni Quintana
      HR. Coordinator

  • Michelle:

    Hello, how can I confirm if my application for a specific position was properly transferred through the website??

    Thank you

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Michelle,

      For licensed positions, you may confirm your transfer request with Lyntyna Stubert at 303-344-8060, ext. 28033. For classified (non-licensed) positions, transfer requests can be confirmed with Gail Smith at 303-344-8060, ext. 28016.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Jason Ratner:

    When a position says that is is a one year only contract for new employees, is there a possibility that the position can turn into a permanent position? Thanks.

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Jason,

      There is a possibility that the person in a One Year Only position could be rehired in that same position for the following school year. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees.

      Thank you for your question!

  • James Royston:

    Are there any openings for any summer programs that APS will be doing? If so, how do I go about applying in addition to applying for classified positions for 2012-2013?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi James,

      Generally, hiring for any summer programs is first offered to current APS employees. If there is not enough interest, sites may advertise their own vacancies.
      To apply for classified vacancies for the 2012-13 school year, please visit our posting web page at http://www.aps.k12.co.us/hr/. You may then select the type of classified position you are searching for then click on the Classified Application link at the bottom of the posting page. For additional assistance, please contact the Classified Employment Office at 303-344-8060, ext. 28016.

      Thank you for your questions!

  • Liz:

    When does the open enrollment period for health and dental insurance begin and end?

    Also, how do I make changes to my W-4?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Liz,

      The 2012 open enrollment period begins on May 1 and ends on May 24.
      You may make changes to your W-4 by visiting the Compensation Office at ESC 4, 1085 Peoria St.

      Thank you for your questions!

  • Joel Silver:

    I am really interested in working for APS. When will job postings become available for certified elementary positions for 2012-2013?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Joel,

      While I cannot guarantee an exact date of when elementary positions for the 2012-13 school year will be posted, I anticipate that they should begin posting the first part of May. Also, remember that postings are updated every Friday, so please keep checking.

      Thank you for your interest!

  • Jason Ratner:

    Hi. I have two questions.
    1. Do you hire out of state candidates for assistant principal positions? (I have a Florida certificate in educational leadership and I have a principal license application in progress with the CDE)
    2. When are you accepting your next round of AP pool applicants? (I submitted an application for admin positions with APS on 4/2/12)

    Thank you.

    Jason from FL

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Jason,

      APS absolutely accepts applicants from out of state, even with your application in progress with CDE. We no longer have an assistant principal pool, instead applicants are encouraged to apply for specific job postings posted at http://www.aps.k12.co.us/hr/. If you need assistance with your application, please contact the Licensed Employment Office at 303-344-8060, ext. 28033.

      Thank you for your interest.

    • Jason Ratner:

      I am trying to access the most recent HR Newsletter and every time I click on the link, I get an error. I’d like to read more about the updated hiring process for assistant principals and principals. Thank you.

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Jason,

      The HR News articles are only available for in-district employees and therefore cannot be viewed outside of the district network. However, you may read about the revised principal/assistant principal hiring process at http://www.aps.k12.co.us/hr/adminhiresteps.pdf

      Thanks for your question.

  • Tom Fox:

    What is the procedure for applying for a leave of absence?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Tom,

      The first step in applying for a leave of absence is to contact the Extended Leave Office at 303-344-8060, ext. 28072. Joyce De La Rosa, Leave of Absence Assistant, will be able to assist you.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Renea:

    I put in a transfer to work as a para for the school. How do I find out if the transfer has been excepted?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Renea,

      You should receive an automatic reply from HR notifying you that your transfer request has been submitted. If you have not received such an e-mail, you may contact the Classified Employment Office at 303-344-8060, ext. 28016.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Fred Pleis:

    What is a letter of intent and how do we obtain one for a job application?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Fred,

      The letter of intent is simply a letter that expresses your interest in a particular posting. It’s also commonly known as a letter of interest.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Edward Kulbacki:

    I had just recently noticed your request for applicants for an assistant principal pool on case.org. I am still waiting for letters from two of my references, which appear to be coming after the window closes. Also, as of January I have been licensed by the CDE for position of principal; however, I do not have the license in my possession as of yet. Will either of these defeciencies make me ineligible for the pool closing on 2/10/2012? Or may I still upload them as they arrive?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Edward,

      If you do not have your license in your possession yet, that will not deter you from applying for the Principal/AP Pool. However, not having three letters of recommendation will prevent you from having a complete application due to the requirement of all three. If you’re not able to make the cut off for the February 10, 2012 closing date, please be advised that another round of applications will be accepted through March 30th.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Teresa:

    I would like to know how I can become a certified translator (English/ Spanish) to be able to provide translating, interpreting services in your district. I am a professional licensed teacher of Spanish K-12.

    Thank you

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Teresa,

      First, you will need to contact Ellie Bustillos at 303-344-8060, ext. 28312 to schedule an appointment for the District Interpreter test. Once you have passed the test, you will then be instructed to complete an online application, choosing the Unusual Classified job classification.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Christal R:

    How do I apply for jobs not listed on my application?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Christal,

      Once your application has been authorized, you will need to log back in to your application and select jobs from a list of postings for which you have been deemed qualified. If you have any questions, you may call 303-344-8060 and speak with Gail Smith (for classified positions) at ext. 28016 or Lyntyna Stubert (for licensed positions) at ext. 28033.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Jessica T:

    I know that DPS does not recognize Education Specialist degrees when it comes to their salaries. Does Aurora Public Schools recognize an Education Specialist degree as an advanced degree (Masters +30)? If not, what is it recognized as? Thank you!

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Jessica,

      Unless the degree is truly a Master’s degree, it will not be recognized as such. It may be considered as courses additional to a Bachelor’s degree (BA + 15, BA + 30, etc.).

      Thank you for your question.

  • KDCox:

    I was wondering if we can have 2 different accounts to submit money from our paycheck into? FOr example, a checking and joint checking account.
    If so, does it need to be dollar amounts or percentages? Who would we submit the paperwork to and what do we need to turn in?

    • kfsmith:

      Thank you for your question.

      Please contact the Payroll Finance department for further information regarding direct deposit. You may contact them at 303-365-5813.

  • Allie:

    I am interested in working for APS next year. Im licensed Pre-3. When can I start looking for open positions? Thank you!!

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Allie,

      We are anticipating that any vacancies we may have will be posted beginning the end of March/start of April. Please keep in mind that we continue to post vacancies throughout the summer months as well.

      Thank you for your interest!

  • Carly Evans:

    I was wondering when positions for elementary summer school would be posted? Even if I am not currently employed by APS, can I apply to summer school positions?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Carly,

      Summer school vacancies are not advertised on the district website. Instead, each site recruits and “hires” their staff for summer school sessions. You may contact individual sites regarding your interest, however please be aware that these positions are generally filled with existing APS employees.

      Thank you for your question.

  • BRW:

    Hi, I am wondering how many credit hours a masters is considered? I currently have an Ed.S. with 76 graduate hours (6 hrs more than the minimum degree requirement). Is a masters considered 30, 32, 36, or some other amount of hours? Just wanting to see if I meet the masters plus 30 or masters plus 45 scale? (i.e. Masters (30hrs )+ 46 additional credits would allow for the masters plus 45). Thanks for your feedback.

    • kfsmith:

      Thank you for your question. A “Masters” would only be considered if transcripts reflect a conferred date for a Masters program. Otherwise, additional coursework will be counted as Bachelors + 15, 30, or 45.
      If you would like to have your transcripts reviewed, please contact the Licensed Employment Office at 303-344-8060, ext. 28033 and they will connect you with the HR administrator that supports your site.

  • Jilaine Sandlin:

    I am an OYO contract re-hire. Do my personal/sick days I didn’t use last year roll over to this year, even though it is a new contract? Also, does the pay scale freeze apply to me, even though it is a new contract?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Jilaine,

      If you were rehired from last year, then your sick/personal leave did roll over to this year. If employees are separated from the district for less than one year, then their accrued sick leave will roll over to the next year. The pay scale freeze applies to all employees, new and continuing contracts.

      Thank you for your questions.

  • Steve Hunter:

    Hi,
    Can a current full time teacher in APS teach and work a classified position in the evenings at the same time?
    Thank you

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Steve,

      Unfortunately, a full-time licensed employee cannot work a classified position in the evenings. There are issues regarding Fair Labor Standards Act and compensation when an employee attempts to work in an exempt and non-exempt position simultaneously.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Nicole Sauer:

    1. How do I find out how many post-bacc credits HR has on file for me?

    2. On the salary schedule, do steps mean number of years of teaching experience?

    3. When will the salary freeze end?

    4. And does the salary freeze apply to both number of credits (+ 15, +30) and years of teaching experience?

    • kfsmith:

      1. How do I find out how many post-bacc credits HR has on file for me?

      You may contact Natalie Riepe at ext. 28032 for information regarding the number of hours that are on record.

      2. On the salary schedule, do steps mean number of years of teaching experience?

      In general, “Steps” do mean the number of years of teaching experience. However, due to the salary freeze, the number of years will most likely be one year off. For employees that transfer from other school districts, APS will give credit for up to ten years previous teaching experience.

      3. When will the salary freeze end?

      At this time, it is unknown when the salary freeze will end.

      4. And does the salary freeze apply to both number of credits (+ 15, +30) and years of teaching experience?

      Correct.

      Thank you for your questions.

  • Lori:

    I was wondering when a teacher or counselor within the district wishes to move up the slaary pay scale ladder, what counts towards additional units? I have a masters and see that I can move to a higher pay rate if i have a masters plus 15 credits but do these credits have to be at a certain level such as 100, 200, 300 level courses? do they have tp be above graduate level? Thanks!

    • kfsmith:

      If your credits were taken after your highest degree was conferred through an accredited University or Community College, they can be used toward salary advancement. Unfortunately, we are on a salary freeze this year and we will not be accepting credits for salary advancement. However, as soon as the freeze is lifted, you are welcome to bring your official transcripts with your + 15 credits to Natalie Riepe in the HR Compensation office at the ESC-4 building.

      Thank you for your question.

  • I now have my 3 year sub license and have turned in all of the required paperwork and letters of recommendation. How long until I hear about approval? Also, I have also received my statement of eligibility from the CDE for the Alternative License. Is this program available this year, if not, will it be available next year?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Siobhan,

      Substitutes are hired on an as needed basis. You will receive a call from the substitute office once the review process has been completed.
      If you are referring to the Two Year Alternative Program, APS is currently not accepting applications for this alternative program.

      Thank you for your questions.

  • michelle:

    There is an abundance of information for licensed employees reporting to work for the first time. Where does one look for information about classified employees reporting to work schedule and other date related information?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Michelle,

      For information regarding start dates/schedules for classified employees, you may visit “Directories and Calendars” under “General Resources” on the APS Intranet, or http://www.apsnet/directory/.

      Thank you for the question.

  • Cheryl Driver:

    I am interested in an open math teaching position at Aurora Central and I have filled out an online application. I can see the current job postings, but don’t see how I can apply my application to each job I am interested in as they become available.

    I’m sure I’m just missing some simply thing on your website to submit my application for specific jobs, but would appreciate your help.

    Thank you.
    Cheryl Driver

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Cheryl,

      Once you complete an online application at http://hr.aurorak12.org/work-for-aps/apply-for-jobs/licprocedure/ and you have received an e-mail from Human Resources authorizing you to apply for positions, you will be able to select a posting number to be added to your application from a list of vacant positions for which you are qualified. Each time that you wish to apply for a new position, just log in to your current application and select the job posting number from the list provided. For additional help with the licensed application process, please contact the Licensed Employment Office at 303-344-8060, ext. 28033.

      Thank you for your question.

  • Mary Elizabeth Killius:

    HI, I was wondering what the procedure is to change my last name. Is is possible to do this online and FAX in the required documents? Thank you!

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Mary,

      To change your name with the District please complete the Name Change form found at the following link: http://www.apsnet/hr/HRForms/change_name.pdf. You should be able to fax the required documents to Natalie Riepe at 303-326-1941. Also, please remember that you will need to contact the Benefits office to change your information and you will need to obtain a new employee ID from Employee Services.

      Thanks for your question!

  • skdavidson:

    I noticed that from April to May, my Delta Dental PT went from $33.64 to $27.25 deduction. Any reason? My June deduction is back to $33.64. My husband is a CPA and pays close attention to such details.

    • kfsmith:

      Thank you for your question. The reason for the decrease in your Delta Dental PT deduction in May was due to the premium holiday provided to employees during the 2010-11 school year. Through effective management and under utilization of the dental benefit, an excess of funds has been established which allowed the district to provide premium holidays to employees enrolled in the Delta Dental. The months in which employees were provided premium holidays included October and December, 2010 and February and May, 2011.
      For more information regarding the premium holiday, please see the September 2010 HR News at http://www.apsnet/hr/HRNews/HRNewsV9i5.pdf.

  • Silvia:

    Hello, I may be moving into the area and am interested in a school nurse position in the district. How can I find out the requirements to be a school nurse and who can I speak with about a position. Thank you!

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Silvia,

      Please contact our Health Services department regarding qualifications to be a school nurse and possible job openings. Their phone number is 303-365-7813, ext. 28533.

      Thank you for your question.

  • KHenricksen:

    I am looking for a position in the Northern Colorado area for your Options Program. I have heard from a friend that they have openings, but do not see any listed on the website. Do you know who I could contact to apply to be a teacher in that program?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Keri,

      You may contact Jan Price with the Options Program at 303-340-0666 to find out additional information.

      Thank you for the question.

  • Jessica Morgan:

    To whom it may concern,

    Hello I am interested in applying for a Speech Pathologist position within your district for the next school year. I wanted to ask about starting salaries for Speech Pathologists. Are the Speech Pathologist salary schedules the same as the teachers salary schedules? Let me know please. Thank you.

    Jessica Morgan
    jessicaleemorgan11@gmail.com

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Jessica,

      Salaries for Speech Language Pathologists are determined based on the same factors as teacher salaries. The salary schedule for Speech Language Pathologists is the licensed salary schedule found at http://hr.aurorak12.org/work-for-aps/salary-schedules/licensed-salary-schedule/. When offered the position, your HR contact will figure your salary based on education and years of experience for state, agency or private clinical or hospital employment only if you were appropriately licensed and half or more of your primary responsibilities involved K-12 age students.
      Thank you for your question.

  • I was looking to do the two year alternative program which is not being done this next year. Is the Teach for America program simalar? My application for the SOE and an application for the 3 year sub position is in at CDE…can I apply for sub jobs and can I apply for the Teach for America Program since the two year alternative program is not available?

    Thanks.

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Siobhan,

      APS is still accepting candidates from the Teach for America program. You are also welcome to apply for substitute teaching if you have a 3-year or 5-year substitute authorization or a Colorado teaching license.
      Thank you for your question.

  • Julie:

    Where do I apply for a salary advancement? What documents do I need?

    When we complete the LDE certificate, do I receive an actual document stating that this has been met? (I transfered in 2 of the classes and only needed to take 1 through APS)

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Julie,

      You may apply for salary advancement with Natalie Riepe in our Compensation office. She will need official transcripts from the univerisity where the class was taken. Your transcripts may be submitted to the Employee Services office to be recorded. You will need transcripts from the university that you are attending for the LDE course to show that the courses have been completed.
      Thank you for your questions.

  • Liz:

    Do you accept new hires total years of experience?

  • Laura:

    Is there any way to get the 2010-2011 Conventional School Work Year Calendar in a word document?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for the question. Unfortunately, the calendar is created on a PDF template so there is not a Word document available.

  • Chris:

    I have been on ILT for 2 years and it states that these are “salary Advancement Contact Hours” Can I use these to take a horizontal step on the pay scale?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Chris,

      Please contact the Office of Professional Learning at 303-340-0859. HR will honor the ILT experience as long as it is relfected on transcripts from the Professional Learning Department with the exception of relicensure hours and all classes must have been taken after your highest degree was conferred.
      Thank you for the question.

  • Debbie:

    I am confused, as are others in my building… Will we be able to stay with United Healthcare next year or do we have to go with Kaiser? The HR newsletter and email from Mr. Barry are conflicting on this matter.

  • Jason Holmes:

    Hi,

    I completed the induction last year. If I needed a copy of the completion certificate, who would I contact?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Jason,

      To obtain a copy of your completion certificate, please contact Linda Damon in the Divsion of Instruction. Her phone number is 303-340-0859, ext. 28703.

  • Debby Hutton:

    When will the new jobs for 2011-2012 be published? I am excited to apply and hopefully interview.

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Debby,

      Thank you for the question. APS will most likely start posting open positions for the 2011-12 school year towards the end of May or beginning of June.

  • I am currently finishing my internship for administration. I do not hold a licence yet. can I still be considered for assistant Principal position in your district?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Gary,

      Thank you for your question. Once you have submitted an application to the Colorado Department of Education for your administrative license, you may be considered for our Assistant Principal pool. Please visit http://www.aps.k12.co.us/hr/adminhiresteps.pdf for more information about the Assistant Principal/Principal pool process.

  • Jennifer Lindsey:

    I was mentored in the 2009-2010 school year. How do I obtain a certificate or verification of my mentorship hours?

    • kfsmith:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for your question. You will need to contact the Licensed Professional Learning department for questions regarding mentoring.

      Thank you.

  • I was looking for the calendar online that tells us our paydays this year. I couldn’t find it, would you mind sending me the link? Or telling me where to find it please?

    Nina

  • sjbeaudry:

    Are you able to donate unused sick time to a co-teacher who is dealing with a family death?

    • kfsmith:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your generous offer. Unfortunately, we cannot accept donations of health leave. The budgeting process is very complicated and includes averaging leave accruals based on historical use. If we accept your (and other’s) donations of leave, the budget will not be able to cover the expenses.

      Thank you again for the offer.

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