Personnel Commission

The Berkeley Unified School District Personnel Commission, established in 1943, is one of the oldest established personnel commissions in northern California.  It is authorized by the Education Code and our Merit System rules and regulations.  A “merit system” of employment is like a civil service system.  It only applies to the District’s classified employees (those employees who are not required to maintain a teaching credential).  The purpose of the merit system is to ensure that classified employees are selected, promoted and retained on the basis of merit and fitness without favoritism or bias.

The Personnel Commission is an independent body composed of three members and is an entity separate from the BUSD Human Resources Department.  One commissioner is selected by the governing board, one commissioner is selected by the largest classified employee collective bargaining unit, and one commissioner is selected by the other two commissioners.  Commissioners are appointed for a staggered three-year term.  The term of one commissioner expires each year.

For more information, see:

Berkeley Unified Personnel Commission Rules and Regulations

Personnel Commissioners

Personnel Commission Meeting Information

The Personnel Commission usually meets in open session at 4:30 PM on the first Thursday of the month in the Berkeley Unified School District Administration Building, 2020 Bonar Street, Room 126, Berkeley, CA 94702.  The public is welcome to attend Personnel Commission meetings.  Regular Meeting Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance.  Patricia Duwel, Director of Classified Personnel, serves as Secretary to the Personnel Commission.

Request Form for Individuals to Place Items on the Personnel Commission Agenda (PDF)

Upcoming Meetings:
Personnel Commission Meeting Minutes for 2018-2019 (PDF)

  • May 3, 2018
  • June 7, 2018
  • July 12, 2018
  • August 2, 2018
  • September 6, 2018
  • October 4, 2018
  • November 1, 2018
  • December 6, 2018

Current Year Meeting Information: 2017 – 2018

* means Special Meeting

Meeting Date
May 3, 2018
April 10, 2018
March 1, 2018
February 6, 2018
January 25, 2018*
January 9, 2018
December 7, 2017
November 2, 2017
October 5, 2017
September 7, 2017
August 11, 2017
July 20, 2017*
July 13, 2017

Records from Previous Years: