The Personnel Commission

The Personnel Commission in Downey Unified School District is a three-member body made up of individuals who are appointed, each by a different method.

One member of the Personnel Commission is appointed by the Board of Education; one member by the employee union with the largest number of members; and the third member is appointed jointly by the other two.

The Personnel Commission is an independent body within the school district and the core of the Merit System. The commission is endowed with the responsibility for overseeing the administration of the merit system. The commission has rulemaking authority for the specifics of classified employment as set forth in the California Education Code.

Serving at the direction of the Personnel Commission, the Director, Classified Human Resources, BethAnn Arko, also serves as secretary to the commission.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Personnel Commission of the Downey Unified School District is to ensure that, in support of the excellent education of the students of this District and through an effective and efficient merit system of employment, employees in the classified service are well-qualified, are properly classified and paid, are treated fairly, and are hired through processes that are objective and free from favoritism in compliance with federal and state laws.

What is a Merit System?

A Merit System is a structured personnel system for classified (non-teaching) personnel. The personnel operation in a merit system school district is governed by the laws contained in the California Education Code. The body which assures the proper administration of the merit system is the Personnel Commission.

There are several principles upon which the merit system is based. Those which apply directly to classified employee recruitment and selection activities of the district are:

  • employment and promotion on the basis of merit as shown by competitive examination
  • ensuring like pay for like service
  • prohibition of discrimination in employment
  • encouragement of career service

In addition, the merit system provides impartial hearing of appeals from disciplinary actions by an independent body whose decision is binding upon the Board of Education.

Personnel Commission Directory

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Dianne Lumsdaine, Chair

Appointed jointly by two commissioners

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John Kennedy, Vice Chair

Appointed by the Board of Education

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Angie Rademaker, Member

Appointed by the employee union

Personnel Commission Meetings & Agendas

Upcoming Meetings

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, and as a response to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus known as COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, the Personnel Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm will allow members of the public to participate and address the Personnel Commission during the open session of the meeting via video conference as well as a limited number of in-person attendees within District Office Conference Center-A (DCC-A) on a first come, first served basis.

May 19, 2021 Meeting:

Attend in person, limited number, on a first come, first served basis at: 
District Conference Center-A (DCC-A), 11627 Brookshire Ave., Downey, CA 90241

Join Virtually through Zoom:
Meeting ID: 201 156 0722Password: 7CgVKL.

The meeting will be made active at 4:00 pm on May 19, 2021.

Connect Telephonically:
Dail – (408) 638-0968 or (669) 900-6833 ;  Meeting ID: 201 156 0722 ; Passcode: 469731

Meetings: Agendas and Minutes

2020-2021 School Year
Date Time Type Location Agenda & Minutes
June 16, 2021 4:15 pm Regular See Above
May 19, 2021 4:00 pm Regular Downey Unified School District – DCCA Agenda
April 21, 2021 4:15 pm Regular Downey Unified School District – DCCA Agenda
March 17, 2021 4:15 pm Regular See Above Agenda
February 17, 2021 4:15 pm Regular Electronically/Telephonically Agenda
January 27, 2021 4:15 pm Regular Electronically/Telephonically Agenda
Minutes
December 16, 2020 4:15 pm Regular Electronically/Telephonically Agenda
Minutes
November 18, 2020 4:00 pm Regular Electronically/Telephonically Agenda
Minutes
October 21, 2020 4:00 pm Regular Downey Unified School District – DCCA Agenda
Minutes
September 16, 2020 4:00 pm Regular Downey Unified School District – DCCA Agenda
Minutes
August 19, 2020 4:15 pm Regular Pace Training Center Agenda
Minutes
July 22, 2020 4:15 pm Regular Zoom Meeting Agenda
Minutes
2020-2021 School Year
Date Time Type Location Agenda & Minutes
June 16, 2021 4:15 pm Regular See Above
May 20, 2021 9:30 am Regular Transportation Department, 12330 Woodruff Ave, Downey, CA 90241 Agenda: Service Pin Awards and Retirement Recognition for Transportation Personnel
Minutes
May 19, 2021 3:30 pm Regular Barbara Riley Community Center Auditorium, 7810 Quill Drive, Downey, CA 90242 Service Pin Awards and Retirement Recognition
Minutes
April 21, 2021 4:15 pm Regular Downey Unified School District – DCCA
March 17, 2021 4:15 pm Regular Downey Unified School District – DCCA
February 17, 2021 4:15 pm Regular See Above Agenda
January 27, 2021 4:15 pm Regular

Electronically/Telephonically

Agenda
December 16, 2020 4:15 pm Regular Electronically/Telephonically Agenda
Minutes
November 18, 2020 4:00 pm Regular Electronically/Telephonically Agenda
Minutes
October 21, 2020 4:00 pm Regular Downey Unified School District – DCCA Agenda
Minutes
September 16, 2020 4:00 pm Regular Downey Unified School District – DCCA Agenda
Minutes
August 19, 2020 4:15 pm Regular Pace Training Center Agenda
Minutes
July 22, 2020 4:15 pm Regular Zoom Meeting Agenda
Minutes
2019-2020 School Year
July 17, 2019

Agenda

August 21, 2019

Agenda

September 18, 2019

Agenda

October 23, 2019

Agenda

November 20, 2019

Agenda

December 18, 2019

Agenda

January 29, 2020

Agenda

February 19, 2020

Agenda

March 11, 2020

Agenda

April 22, 2020

Agenda

May 20, 2020

Agenda

June 17, 2020

Agenda

2018-2019 School Year
August 22, 2018Agenda

Minutes

September 19, 2018

Agenda

Minutes

October 17, 2018

Agenda

Minutes

November 14, 2018

Agenda

Minutes

December 19, 2018

Agenda

Minutes

January 17, 2019

Agenda

Minutes

February 20, 2019

Agenda

March 20, 2019

Agenda

April 17, 2019

Agenda

May 22, 2019

Service Pin Awards and Retirement Recognition

Agenda

May 23, 2019

Service Pin Award and Retirement Recognition for Transportation Personnel

June 19, 2019

Agenda

2017-2018 School Year
Date
7/19/17 Agenda Minutes
8/16/17 Agenda Minutes
9/20/17 Agenda Minutes
10/18/17 Agenda Minutes
11/15/17 Agenda
12/6/17 Agenda
12/20/17 Agenda
1/31/18 Agenda
2/21/18 Agenda
3/21/18 Agenda
4/25/18 Agenda
5/23/18 Agenda
5/24/18 Service Pin Awards and Retirement Recognition for Transportation Personnel
6/20/18 Agenda
2016-2017 School Year
7/20/2016 Agenda Minutes
8/24/2016 Agenda Minutes
9/14/2016 Agenda Minutes
10/12/2016 Agenda Minutes
11/30/2016 Agenda Minutes
1/18/2017 Agenda Minutes
2/22/2017 Agenda Minutes
3/22/2017 Agenda Minutes
4/26/2017 Agenda Minutes
5/24/2017 Agenda Minutes
5/25/2017 Agenda Minutes
6/21/2017 Agenda Minutes
2015-2016 School Year
7/22/2015 Agenda Minutes
8/19/2015 Agenda Minutes
9/8/2015 Agenda Meeting
9/16/2015 Agenda Minutes
10/21/2015 Agenda Minutes
11/18/2015 Agenda Minutes
12/9/2015 Agenda Minutes
1/13/2016 Agenda Minutes
2/17/2016 Agenda Minutes
3/16/2016 Agenda Minutes
4/20/2016 Agenda Minutes
6/18/2016 Agenda Minutes