Classification Study

Last February, the Governing Board approved the recommendation of the Employee Compensation Committee to fully implement results of a comprehensive market study of the District’s salary schedules. In addition to approving the recommendation by members of the Employee Compensation Committee (ECC), the Board also accepted ECC’s recommendation to move forward with a Classification Study.

Since that time, we have partnered with Ewing Consulting to begin the process of analyzing every one of our more than 300 job descriptions to make sure that each one is placed correctly on our salary schedules based on the current responsibilities of the role. 

The Classification Study allows employees an opportunity to share their current job responsibilities with the consultant so they can evaluate the appropriate salary grade for the position.

Here’s what you need to know about next steps for our employees during this process:

  • Between now and March 8, 2024, any employee may choose to submit their own Position Information Questionnaire (PIQ) online through InformedK12. The PIQ is a multiple page document requesting details of the duties, knowledge, skills and abilities required for your position. For those employees in roles held by multiple individuals (such as an Instructional Assistant or Elementary School Office Manager) the PIQ may be completed by a group of employees. 
  • Once submitted to Human Resources, supervisors will review and may discuss any questions or clarifications with the employee by March 22, 2024, and then submit the PIQ to our consultant.
  • Consultants from Ewing will then spend the next six to nine months reviewing PIQs, holding one-on-one interviews with at least one person in each job classification, and finalizing reviewed and/or revised job descriptions as identified in the Classification Study. Ewing Consultants will then prepare final study recommendations for consideration and possible future action by the Governing Board.

To answer questions about the process and elements of the PIQ, consultants from Ewing will hold a series of in-person and virtual meetings for employees. 

Classification Study Orientation Meeting Schedule 2024
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Time
Employee Orientation
Site/Room
8:15-9:00 AM
District Office
Technology 2nd Floor-1670 David E Cook Way
12:00-12:45
District Wide
3:15-4:00 PM
District Wide
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Time
Employee Orientation
Site/Room
7:30-8:15 AM
District Wide
1:30-2:15 PM
District Wide
3:30-4:15 PM
District Office
Campus Catering Bldg-310 N Sunnyside Ave
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Time
Employee Orientation
Site/Room
12:00-12:45 PM
District Wide
3:15-4:00
District Wide
 
March 8, 2024, Deadline for employees to submit their Position Information Questionnaire to Human Resources.
April-May 2024, Consultant begins scheduling interviews with employees.

A recording of the meeting is also available below if you are unable to attend at the scheduled times. It is recommended that you download a copy of the PIQ in advance and have it to reference during the meeting. 


Overview

Last February, the Governing Board approved the recommendation of the Employee Compensation Committee to fully implement results of a comprehensive market study of the District’s salary schedules completed over the course of several years. In addition to approving the recommendation by members of the Employee Compensation Committee (ECC), the Board also accepted ECC’s recommendation to move forward with a Classification Study (sometimes referred to as a Reclassification Study).

Why a Classification Study?

A Classification Study is a review of job descriptions by a third-party expert to ensure positions are appropriately placed by classification and grade on the salary schedule. This evaluation is based on an assessment of the knowledge, skills and abilities required in the role.

“Aim III of our Strategic Plan sets as a top priority our employees and the importance of not only hiring, but valuing our people. The completion of last year’s market study allowed us to be confident that our salary schedules are competitive,” said Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Employee Relations Barry Jager. “Now, a Classification Study will analyze every one of our more than 300 job descriptions to make sure that each one is placed correctly on those updated salary schedules.”

Aim III of our Strategic Plan sets as a top priority our employees and the importance of not only hiring, but valuing our people. The completion of last year’s market study allowed us to be confident that our salary schedules are competitive. Now, a Classification Study will analyze every one of our more than 300 job descriptions to make sure that each one is placed correctly on those updated salary schedules.

-Barry Jager, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Employee Relations


Timeline

The Classification Study begins in the 2023-24 school year and is expected to take at least 12-18 months to complete. Like the Market Study, separate action would be required to implement the study’s findings.

Market Study Timeline and Classification Study Timeline

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is in charge of the Classification Process?

The study was recommended by the employee-members of Clovis Unified’s Employee Compensation Committee. Its members are involved in choosing the third-party vendor who will conduct the study. ECC members will also receive and process recommendations of the Study in their annual compensation-related discussions. A recommendation related to implementation of study findings and results will also come from the members of ECC.

Who serves on ECC?

The approximately 40-member Employee Compensation Committee or ECC is made up of members of all of the district’s employee groups as well as classified, certificated and management employees.  A team of business and finance, payroll and human resources employees supports the work of ECC members.

What's the difference between a Classification Study and the recently completed Market Study?

The Market Study was focused on overall salary schedules and compared them to other public school systems and a private industry index to make sure Clovis Unified salary schedules were competitive. A Classification Study looks at each of the District’s 300+ job descriptions and analyzes the knowledge, skills and experience necessary in the role to make sure the position is placed at the appropriate grade on the salary schedule.

What is an employee’s role in a Classification Study?

Typically, employees representing each job description will be asked to complete an extensive questionnaire about their role. Additionally, an employee may ask to complete the questionnaire on his/her own. Once a vendor has been identified, more information about the exact process for this study will be shared.  

What job descriptions will be included in the Classification Study?

All job descriptions will be included in the study.

What if I disagree with the outcome of the Classification Study for my position?

The study will include an appeal process should an employee disagree with the analysis of their job description.

Could the outcomes of the Classification Study reduce my current salary?

No. No one’s current salary would be reduced due to the outcomes of the Classification Study. If a recommendation was made to reduce the grade of a position, anyone currently in that role would continue to receive their current salary.

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