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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 December 1, 2026.
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Samuel Brown became the CSEA Appointee to the Commission on March 22, 2023. Mr. Brown is a long time community advocate focused on building civilian oversight in the community of Bassett. He is a staunch advocate of protecting the rights of labor, their ability to organize and advocate on behalf of their members, and making sure that proper mediation and dispute resolutions are followed appropriately and in compliance with the law. He is familiar with merit system through his job as a Legal Assistant relating to Civil Rights litigation including reviewing retaliation, discrimination, concerns of nepotism, and failure to comply with employment disclosures at local San Gabriel Valley school districts. He is a firm believer that the most qualified and skilled candidate fulfill employment vacancies and that there are protections for that employee. His term expires on December 1, 2025.

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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 December 1, 2024.



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.
Personnel Director - Jonnell Sanchez
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. She has served the Bassett Unified School District community for 5 years.
Personnel Analyst - Elizabeth Ruiz
Ms. Ruiz brings extensive experience in administrative support as well as implementation and organization of staff training. She comes to the Personnel Commission with nearly two decades of experience serving the students and community of the Bassett Unified School District. 
Personnel Technician - Andrea Romero Zardeneta
Ms. Romero Zardeneta received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills and brings 4 years of Human Resources and office support experience from Los Angeles Unified School District.
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