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Personnel Commission

About the Commission

Mission Statement

"Consistent with merit system principles, the Carlsbad Unified School District Personnel Commission is committed to the oversight of a fair and equitable personnel system that employs the most qualified individuals to support the district's present and future educational programs."


To show pride in maintaining a highly qualified workforce consisting of talented and diligent staff who take initiative and employ teamwork to support our world class school district.

About the Merit System

Employment in Carlsbad Unified School District's classified service is based upon merit system principles as defined by California Education Code Part 25, Chapter 5, Article 6, Sections 45240-45320, federal law and the rules and regulations of the Personnel Commission. The Carlsbad Unified School District is an equal opportunity employer.

CA Education Code and the Merit System

The Personnel Commission is established and governed by the provisions of the California Education Code, Title 2, Part 25, Article 6, Sections 45240 through 45330.

The Personnel Commission has responsibilities "as they pertain to the classified service regarding applications, examinations, eligibility, appointments, promotions, demotions, transfers, dismissals, resignations, layoffs, reemployment, vacations, leaves of absence, compensation within a classification, job analyses and specifications, service ratings, public advertisement of examinations, rejection of unfit applicants without competition, and any other matters necessary to carry out the provisions and purposes of this article (E.C. 45261)."

"The Personnel Commission shall prescribe, amend, and interpret subject to this article (E.C. 45260) such rules as may be necessary to insure the efficiency of the service and the selection and retention of employees upon a basis of merit and fitness."

Basic Principles of the Merit System 

  • Recruitment from all segments of society and advancement on the basis of relative ability, knowledge and skill under fair and open competition
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Efficient and effective use of the workforce
  • Retention and promotion on the basis of merit, as measured by the adequacy of employee performance and professional achievement
  • Correction of the performance of those whose work is inadequate and separation of those who cannot or will not meet required standards
  • Protection of employees from arbitrary action, personal favoritism or political coercion
  • Protection of employees against reprisal for lawful disclosures of information
  • Fair and equitable treatment in all personnel management matters without regard to politics or protected status and with proper regard for individual privacy and constitutional rights
  • High standards of integrity and conduct and concern for the public interest


Personnel Commission Responsibilities:

  • Establishing and maintaining classification plans 
  • Recruiting for and testing job candidates
  • Managing eligibility lists, transfer lists and reinstatement lists
  • Tracking seniority, bumping and reemployment lists
  • Hearing examination appeals 
  • Establishing and maintaining Personnel Commission Rules
  • Recruiting Talented Staff
  • Maintaining Classification Structure
  • Hearing appeals to disciplinary action 


Provided below is a delineation of the separation of duties between the Personnel Commission and the Board of Trustees and their designees that often impact classified employees.

The Commission The Board
  • Establishes classifications and classifies jobs based on assigned duties
  • Creates job families
  • Sets minimum qualifications
  • Recruits for and tests candidates
  • Certifies ranks of eligibility lists to hiring authorities
  • Serves as an appeal body for employees disciplined by the Board organizations
  • Determines District job tasks and functions
  • Establishes departments and reporting relationships
  • Determines number of people needed in each classification
  • Sets work schedules and assigned hours
  • Makes final hiring decisions
  • Supervises and disciplines employees
  • Negotiates with labor