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Personnel Commission


Meeting Schedule & Agendas

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 2019

Jan 23, 2019

Feb 27, 2019

Apr 17, 2019

Apr 23, 2019

Jun 27, 2019

August 28, 2019

October 23, 2019

December 18, 2019

The above meeting dates do not prohibit the Commission from rescheduling 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.


Gaylen Freeman (Appointed by the Governing Board)

Commissioner Freeman retired from Carlsbad Unified School District in 2006 after serving as Deputy Superintendent.  During his 43 years in education, he served as a teacher and then a district administrator, maintaining responsibility for Instructional Services, Human Resources and Business Services.  He also served as a Superintendent in two school districts.  These experiences have given him an extensive background in education that serve him well in his role as a Personnel Commissioner.  Commissioner Freeman is eager to support the merit system at Carlsbad Unified School District and appreciates this opportunity to donate his time and energy to the District and its employees.


Kent Bricker (Jointly Appointed by the Other Commissioners)

Commissioner Bricker is excited to return to the CUSD Personnel Commission as the jointly appointed commissioner. After previously serving the Commission for nine years as the Governing Board appointee, he is honored to return and continue his service in his new role. Mr. Bricker is a Carlsbad business owner and has been involved in the community, having previously served as the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation President. He is a graduate of the Carlsbad Citizens Academy and proud father of a son that was educated through CUSD, graduated from Carlsbad High and is now attending ASU’s Carey School of Business.


Kym Szalkiewicz (Appointed by LIUNA)


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