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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 3. LOCAL ADMINISTRATION [35000 - 45460]

  ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 25. EMPLOYEES [44000 - 45460]

  ( Part 25 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 5. Classified Employees [45100 - 45460]

  ( Chapter 5 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 5. Merit System Inclusion [45220 - 45226]
  ( Article 5 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

45220.
  

(a) “Common board” as used in this article means a board with identical members that governs more than one school district. “Common administration” as used in this section means the administration by a person employed by governing boards of more than one district or a common board to act as chief executive officer for more than one school district.

(b) The term “a district whose average daily attendance is 3,000 or greater” shall be construed to include any district which is the only district under the jurisdiction of the county superintendent of schools regardless of its average daily attendance. It shall also include districts governed by a “common board” or which use a “common administration,” as defined in this section.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

45221.
  

(a) On or after the effective date of this section the classified employees of any district whose average daily attendance is 3,000 or greater, may, in accordance with this article, petition the governing board to make the provisions of Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter applicable to their employer district. That petition shall read substantially as follows:

“We, the undersigned classified employees of the _______________ (name of school district), constituting 15 percent or more of the classified personnel entitled to vote, request the governing board to submit to election the question of whether or not the merit (civil service) system shall become applicable to this district.

NAME

POSITION CLASSIFICATION”

“Classified employee,” as used in this section, shall be construed to include all personnel who are a part of the classified service as defined in Section 45103.

(b) Within 120 days after receipt of the petition the governing board shall do all of the following:

(1) Obtain the services of competent and qualified persons to present the pros and cons of the issue. Notwithstanding this paragraph, the classified employees who submitted the petition may select the person or persons to present the proponent position on the issue.

(2) Provide adequate and ample opportunity for all of its classified personnel to attend one or more meetings at which the issue is presented.

(3) Having complied with paragraphs (1) and (2), conduct an election by secret ballot of its classified personnel to determine whether or not they desire to make the merit system applicable to the district. The ballot shall read:

“Shall the merit (civil service) system for classified employees be applicable in the ____________ (name of school district)?

☐ Yes

☐ No”

Although the ballot shall not require the employees’ signatures or other personal identifying requirements, the governing board shall devise an identification system to ensure against fraud in the balloting process.

(4) The governing board shall appoint a three- or five-person tabulating committee, at least one member of which shall be a member of the governing board, to canvass the ballots and present the results to the governing board. If a simple majority votes in favor of the merit system, that system shall become applicable in the district.

(c) The tabulating committee required under this section shall certify the results of the election to the governing board at the next regular or special meeting of the board following the date the committee completes tabulation of the votes. If the tabulating committee completes the tabulation on the same day that the governing board meets in regular or special session, the committee shall certify the results of the election to the board at that meeting.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 146, Sec. 1.)

45222.
  

Effective upon certification to a governing board by a tabulating committee that an election, as authorized in Section 45221 of this code, has been successful, all of the provisions of Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter that can reasonably be construed to be applicable to classified employees shall be applicable.

All of the provisions of Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter shall become fully effective upon appointment of at least two members of the personnel commission.

The commission shall immediately adopt existing rules and regulations of the district relating to classified personnel pending the establishment of its rules and which are not inconsistent with law.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

45223.
  

The governing board of a school district whose average daily attendance is less than 3,000 may, by affirmative vote of a majority of its members, adopt the procedure set forth in Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter. The motion or a resolution for adoption of the system shall specify the date that the provisions of Article 6 shall be applicable to the classified employees of the district, which shall not be later than July 1 next following the date of adoption.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

45224.
  

The governing board of a school district whose average daily attendance is 3,000 or more may, by affirmative vote of a majority of its members, and a county superintendent of schools, with the consent of the majority of the members of the county board of education, adopt the procedure set forth in Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter, provided a lawful petition has not been received as authorized in Section 45221, or may adopt the procedure at any time after a two-year period has elapsed following an unsuccessful election conducted in accordance with Section 45221 of this code.

The motion, order, or resolution for adoption of the procedure shall specify the date that the provisions of Article 6 shall be applicable to classified employees, which shall not be later than July 1 next following the date of adoption.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

45224.5.
  

The procedure set forth in Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter may also be adopted by a majority of the voting electors of the school districts assenting to the plan after it has been placed on the ballot upon the written petition of qualified electors not less in number than 10 percent of the number voting in the last election for a member of the governing board. The question of adoption shall be placed on the ballot at the next regular governing board member election, or the next primary or general election in a general election year, whichever is earlier after receipt of the petition by the registrar of voters.

The ballot measure shall specify the date that the provisions of Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter shall be applicable to classified employees, which shall not be later than July 1 next following the date of adoption.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

45225.
  

When an election has been held, as authorized in this article, and fails to receive a simple majority affirmative vote, the classified employees of that district may not again petition for an election until at least two years has elapsed since the last election.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

45226.
  

Any person who intimidates, coerces, or discriminates in any way against any classified employee for the doing of any act authorized herein shall be personally liable to such employee for all damages suffered thereby and such exemplary damages as the court may allow.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

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