• Personnel Commission and Merit System


    The Personnel Commission provides assistance to the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, District, Site Administration and District staff to ensure that the practices and principles of the Merit System are upheld, while simultaneously providing quality services to ensure proper support is provided to the District’s schools.

    The Personnel Commission is an independent body composed of three persons appointed for three-year staggered terms. Personnel Commissioners are invested and committed community members who must be known adherents of the principles of the Merit System, thereby helping to ensure the highest qualified employees and employment practices related to classified staff within the jurisdiction of the Commission.

    The Personnel Commission is responsible for maintaining a Merit System for classified employees of the School District and for fostering the advancement of a career service for such employees. To execute these responsibilities, the State Education Code provides that the Personnel Commissioners shall classify positions, recommending salary ranges to the Board of Education based on the principle of like pay for like work; hearing appeals of disciplinary and dismissal matters and protests involving examinations; conducting fair and objective recruitment, selection, and appointment procedures that result in the establishment of eligibility lists to fill vacancies with qualified support staff; and prescribing rules and regulations related directly and indirectly to such described personnel practices. Description of the Personnel Commission functions are provided in Sections 45220 through 45320 of the California Education Code.

    Term of office for Commissioners is three years. Current appointment dates and Commission positions for Santa Paula Unified School District are as follows:



    Karen Harrison

    Reappointed by Personnel Commission
    Term Ends December 1, 2023


    Tommie Sanchez-Reyes 

    Appointed by CSEA December 1, 2021
    Term Ends December 1, 2024


    Jeff Steiger

    Appointed by Governing Board
    Term Ends December 1, 2022

    Our Personnel Commission usually meets on the third Thursday of most months at 4:00pm in the Conference Room of the HR Office, 500 E. Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula. Check back to this site for updates if you plan to attend.

    The meetings are open to all employees and the public to attend.

    The current agenda may be found on the Agendas section.