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Personnel Commission Meetings 2020 Archive

Jan 29, 2020 Agenda

Feb 26, 2020 Agenda

Apr 29, 2020 Agenda

May 27, 2020 Agenda

Aug 26, 2020 Agenda

Sep 30, 2020 Agenda

Nov 18, 2020 Agenda

Personnel Commission Meetings 2019 Archive

Jan 23, 2019 Agenda

Feb 27, 2019 Agenda

Apr 17, 2019 Agenda

Apr 23, 2019 Agenda

Jun 27, 2019 Agenda

August 28, 2019 Agenda

October 23, 2019 Agenda

December 18, 2019 Agenda

Personnel Commission


Meeting Schedule & Agendas

The following dates are proposed for the 2020 Personnel Commission Meeting Schedule.  

Personnel Commission Meetings are held at:
6225 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Meetings begin at 4:30 pm and all meetings are open to the public.

Personnel Commission Meetings 2021 - Schedule
Date Agendas
January 27, 2021 Agenda
February 24, 2021 Agenda
March 24, 2021 Agenda


The dates below do not prohibit the Commission from rescheduling future Personnel Commission Meetings at a later date, within the scope of adhering to Brown Act requirements.

Personnel Commissioners

A Personnel Commissioner must be: a registered voter, a resident within the District's boundaries, and a known adherent to the merit system principles. The term of each Commissioner lasts for a period of three years and their terms are staggered so that one term expires each year.


Carmen Rene (Appointed by the Governing Board)

Commissioner Carmen Rene serves the CUSD Personnel Commission as the Board appointed commissioner. She is a CPA with over 20 years in public and corporate accounting and finance roles. She is currently the VP of Finance at Prescient Medicine in Carlsbad. Commissioner Rene prides herself on being a servant leader with a focus on team success and individual development.

In her personal life, Commissioner Rene has a strong affinity for community.  She has lived in Denver, LA, Boston, Yuma, and Carlsbad.  In each location she has been active in social, service and philanthropic activities.  It’s in her DNA to engage with her neighbors, elected officials, and community leaders.  Most recently, she served as volunteer Co-Chair for Measure HH which passed and secured $265 million in funding for Carlsbad schools. Carmen is a political and news “junkie” and has 4 dogs and a tortoise at home; the whole group can be referred to by the acronym “CE-SPAM”. 


Catina Hancock (Appointed by LIUNA)

Commissioner Hancock is excited to support Carlsbad Unified School District's Personnel Commission. Catina also currently serves on the School Site Council at Carlsbad High where her children attend. Catina is entering her 22nd year working in education, most recently as a Senior Partner Success Lead for Altitude Learning an educational/technology start up based out of San Francisco. Prior to that, she was the proud Principal of the Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts; and prior to that, the principal at Calavera Hills Middle School and an elementary teacher at Jefferson Middle School. Catina is an avid CrossFitter, she and her husband own 2 gyms, one in Vista and one in Carlsbad. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Chris, for 22 years and have an 18 year old son, Davis, and a 16 year old daughter, Holland. Rounding out their family is a 2 year old Ridgeback/American Bulldog, Louis.


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 

personnel commission chart

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

  • 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

The Board

  • 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