Merit System


The "merit system" is a method of personnel management designed to promote the efficiency and economy of the service and the good of the public by providing for the selection and retention of employees and other related matters based upon merit and fitness.

The merit system operates under the following merit principles:

* It hires and promotes employees on the basis of ability, with open competition in initial appointment.

* It retains employees on the basis of performance.  This includes correcting inadequateperformance, and separating those whose inadequate performance cannot be corrected.

* It encourages training of employees for high quality performance. * It removes appointments to positions from the political arena or personal  favoritism.

* It insures that employees doing like work are classified the same and receive like pay.

* It provides for fair and impartial rules and consistency in the administration of the rules.

* It assures fair treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of personnel administration without regard to political affiliation, sex, religion, disability, or marital status or any other basis prohibited by law, and with proper regard for their privacy and constitutional rights as citizens.

The Merit System was voted into the Del Norte County Unified School District in July, 1966 and became fully operational on July 1, 1967.  Today there are approximately 100 merit system school districts in California.  Together these districts employ almost 60% of the total classified (non-certificated) school employees in the state!

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