About Us

Commissioner Amadeo Rodriguez
Amadeo Rodriguez became the District Appointee to the Commission on May 18, 2021. Mr. Rodriguez has lived in the Bassett Unified School District for a combined total of 20 years. His daughter recently graduated Bassett High School, Class of 2020, and is now a Sophomore at CSU Fresno. He has two children who are still students in the district. Mr. Rodriguez is an active volunteer, supporting BHS Cheer and Band for the past 5 years. As a current Federal employee, Mr. Rodriguez is familiar with the merit system. He is a U.S. Marine Veteran, where he served for almost 8 years. It is through his service organization affiliations he provides educational scholarships for the past 4 years to BHS Seniors, as well as seniors in the neighboring communities. He serves as Jr. Vice Commandant of the Marine Corps League that supports and assists Veterans Homelessness Outreach, Toys for Tots, and Active-Duty Family Readiness Support. He is also a member of West Covina Masonic Lodge, an organization that advocates for education and provides educational scholarships and a member of the San Bernardino Valley Scottish Right, whose mission is to help children with speech disorders. In addition to his membership to these affiliations, he currently serves as President of the California Association of Bond Oversight Committees. Mr. Rodriguez looks forward to continuing to serve BUSD, the community, and advocating for students. His term expires on November 30, 2023.
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Lori Workman became the Joint Appointee to the Commission on December 1, 2009 and served as Commission Chairperson. Ms. Workman currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Personnel Commission. She has worked in both private and public school districts. Ms. Workman currently works at Bishop Amat High School. Her term expires November 30, 2024.
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Samuel Brown became the CSEA Appointee to the Commission on February 22, 2022. His term expires on November 30, 2025.







The Bassett Unified School District Personnel Commission has three staff assigned on a full-time basis to carry out the functions and work of the commission.
Jode Howard is the Personnel Director at Bassett Unified School District. Ms. Howard received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management from California State University, Fullerton and brings over 15 years experience in human resources and operations management and specializes in customer focus, recruitment, selection, job analysis, and fostering collaborative working relationships among stakeholders.
Jonnell Sanchez is the Personnel Analyst at Bassett Unified School District. Ms. Sanchez received her bachelor's degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and brings over 10 years of experience in client relations as well as determining minimum qualifications, developing job descriptions, and hiring exceptional candidates.
Danette Mulvaney is the Personnel Technician at Bassett Unified School District. Ms. Mulvaney received her bachelor's degree in Social Science from Biola University located in La Mirada and brings over 20 years of public service, specializing in customer service and personnel management.
Bassett USD is one of approximately 100 school districts in California to utilize the Merit System 
Merit System Principles
  • Hiring and promoting classified employees based on knowledge, skill, and ability 
  • Providing for reasonable compensation
  • Retaining employees based on performance
  • Training employees for high quality performance
  • Assuring fair treatment of all applicants and employees
  • Protecting employees against political coercion
  • Authorized by California Education Code Sections 45220 through 45320
History of the Personnel Commission in Bassett
  • Established by the Bassett community in 1966
  • Independent body composed of three community members, appointed for three-year staggered terms, who must be known adherents of the principles of the merit system
  • Establishes personnel rules pertaining to classified employment while maintaining neutral in all aspects (negotiations, layoffs, reorganizations, etc.)
  • Conducts independent job analysis, recruitments, and classification studies as well as aims to maintain proper salary structure
  • Administers the Professional Growth Program I and coordinates limited term assignments
  • Serves as the appeal body for disciplinary issues