AASD Weekly Update 03-01-18



    The most important news to report is that in a tentative agreement on Article 5, Hours of Employment, AASD was able to reach agreement with the District to change the ongoing permanent work year reduction to a temporary two-year furlough!!!! 

    The next bargaining session is scheduled for March 7th .

    For previous Bargaining updates, please click here to view the documents

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW AND SIGN UP VIA ERO FOR THE AASD/SDUSD SPRING CONFERENCE (MANDATORY ATTENDANCE FOR ALL AASD MEMBERS)  Our annual AASD/SDUSD Spring Conference will be held on March 20, 2018, from 7:00 AM to 12 noon, at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley.  Our theme this year is Find Balance – Keep Moving – a theme that resonates with all of us.  As the great Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  The AASD Professional Development Committee, co-chaired by John Hensley and Carlos Ramirez, has worked hard to create a morning of professional development and networking that provides AASD members with useful and helpful insight and information to assist with finding balance and to help us all keep moving Click here  to view the flyer, which provides all of the information about the event, and sign up via ERO soon!  This event is co-hosted by AASD and SDUSD.  The complimentary breakfast is sponsored by CALPRO and Mission Federal Credit Union
  • AASD IS AWARDING $500 SCHOLARSHIPS TO CHILDREN OF OUR AASD MEMBERS!   Sons/daughters (including step-sons and step-daughters) of AASD members who are graduating seniors are eligible for AASD Fran Swank scholarships for $500 each to be used towards higher education (college). All who apply and are qualified will receive a $500 scholarship.  The application submission deadline is April 17, 2018.  Please click the link for information on how to apply

  • CERTIFICATED WORKLOAD UPDATES . The committee just met yesterday (February 28).  A summary of the meeting will be provided in the March 8 AASD Weekly Update.
    For previous workload updates click here.   AASD is keeping certificated workload at the forefront and will continue to advocate for our members!

  • MARCH FOR OUR LIVES.   As a member of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AASD receives information that is informative for our members.  The following message was received from AFSA.  “On March 24, 2018, students will rally in Washington D.C, and in local communities across the country, to demand action from our leaders, and to fight for an America that is free from gun violence.  If you would like to participate in a rally in your local area, please visit http://act.everytown.org/sign/march-for-our-lives for more information.  AFSA stands with our students, and AFSA will keep fighting to make sure every child can go to school feeling safe.”

  • RESOURCE HUB WITH CONTENT ON STUDENT ACTIONS AND PROTESTS As a member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), AASD receives information that is informative for our members.  The following communication was received from ACSA.  “ ACSA launches Resource Hub, with content on student actions and protests.  As many California students are preparing to participate in actions and protests related to the Florida school shooting two weeks ago, ACSA has populated the Student Protests  section of ACSA’s new Resource Hub  with first-person content and experiences that have come from colleagues and partners, with a focus on how districts confront these events.  This content features resources on student safety, listening to your students, using student actions as teachable moments, and understanding the rights of students and staff. These and other resources for administrators can be found at Student Protests .  You can improve the value and relevance of the Resource Hub by submitting best practices, tools, and resources you and your district have found beneficial.  If you are interested in submitting original content to the Resource Hub, including best practices and first-hand experiences on topics related to school leadership, please send your content to content@acsa.org ."
  • BEST DOCTORS BENEFIT Did you know that if you have medical insurance through VEBA, you have access to Best Doctors? Best Doctors is your solution to medical uncertainty.  A second opinion.  Options.  Learn about this valuable benefit before you need it.  Be educated on your options.  Cancer diagnosis?  Check out Watson.  Click here for the Best Doctors Benefit Guide and click here for Best Doctors Watson.

    To apply for a San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic 2018 Merit Scholarship, please:

    Complete the application found on www.sdaph.org

    Provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other mentor

    Provide a high school transcript to include the last semester completed (unofficial is accepted as it needs to be emailed)

    Plan to attend a four-year institution with NPC Sororities (Joining a sorority in college is not required, but encouraged…however, the school must host NPC Sorority chapters on campus)

     Email completed application, letter of recommendation and transcript to nicolef1983@yahoo . com by deadline.

    You can learn more about NPC and opportunities to pursue membership in an NPC member organization by visiting www.npcwomen.org and the Greek Life website at the college or university you plan to attend.


    **DEADLINE IS Monday, April 2, 2018.**


    After receiving applications, the top candidates will be interviewed on April 28, 2018.  Winners are invited to attend the scholarship luncheon on Saturday, June 2, 2018.  Please save these important dates!

  • CONDOLENCES.   AASD  now acknowledges deaths of our members, retirees, or their immediate family members via the Weekly Update.  If you have information on a death to be reported in the AASD Weekly Update, please contact any of the staff at the AASD office with the information.  We appreciate your help with this – we don’t always know right away when a death has occurred or the information on services.


    AASD has no information to report at this time.


  • JOB POSTINGS FOR CERTIFICATED POSITIONS AND CLASSIFIED POSITIONS IN THE AASD UNIT.  AASD has been asked to publish the job postings in our Weekly Update. AASD also suggests that all applicants (classified and certificated) mark their calendars to check weekly for new job postings each Monday.  This way, you will not miss out on a posting you might be interested in (as all jobs in the AASD unit must be posted for 10 days).  Additionally, jobs in other units will be posted.


    None at this time.


    None at this time.

  • EMPLOYEE WELL BEING – FREE FROM VEBA!  The VEBA Board of Directors is excited to introduce an expansion of services to support employee well-being in 2018!  VEBA has increased the resources available to help employees manage their emotional, social, financial, and physical health.  VEBA’s Well-Being Program focuses on delivering services to members that will help them become their healthiest selves. Please review the attached announcement flyer for a preview of some of their great new offerings!  VEBA will be rolling out new programs and classes over the coming months and encourage you to give them a try at your sites or departments.  The Well-Being Program is provided for free as part of the VEBA benefits package. To learn more or schedule a class at your school site/department, please reach out to VEBA’s Wellness Coordinator, Wendy Ramirez, at wramirez@mcgregorinc.com or (619) 961-2052.   

  • NEW AND IMPROVED AASD WEBSITE Our AASD website is now up and running and re-vamped!  Click here www.aasdcs.org  to view our website.  The website will be kept up-to-date and current for all of our members (regular members, retirees and affiliate members).  If you have any feedback on the new website, please e-mail jim@aasdcs.org with your comments.  We hope our new website will be a great resource for you!

  • UNDER INVESTIGATION?  IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE!   Yes, it is true!  It can happen to anyone!  If an AASD member receives a call, e-mail or letter from Human Resources or Quality Assurance stating there is a complaint filed against them or that they are under investigation, this must be taken seriously.  While most complaints are frivolous and seem benign or irrelevant (or even silly), it is highly recommended that AASD members contact AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, for representation and support.  Even the most insignificant complaint or investigation can become serious.  Please visit the AASD website for Donis’ contact information   http://aasdcs.org/about-us/staff/
  • CONGRATULATIONS Each year, ACSA Region 18, holds an event in April where they honor colleagues from San Diego and Imperial Counties in various administrative categories.  AASD is proud to report that there are two winners from San Diego Unified this year Al Love, Director, CCTE (category – Career Technical Education) and Erin Leszynski, Vice Principal, Mission Bay High (category – Secondary Co-Administrator).  Additionally, AASD also congratulates Tom Teagle, who is the Executive Director for ACSA Region 18, on being selected as the Retired Administrator of the Year.  For a full list of winners from San Diego/Imperial Counties click here.
    All winners will be honored at the Honoring Our Own Awards event on April 27, 2018.  More information about the event will be forthcoming.
  • SAVE THE DATES FOR AASD EVENTS!  The following dates are for AASD-sponsored activities during the 2017-18 school year.  Please mark your calendar now and save the date.  These events are for all AASD members - Regular, Affiliate and Retired.  More information will be forthcoming regarding each event.  Our union is only as strong as the membership and your participation! 
    March 20, 2018, 7:00 am-12:30 pm, Spring P.D. Conference, Scottish Rite Event Center, Mission Valley. Click here to view flyer.
    May 10, 2018, 4-7 pm, AASD Spring Membership Meeting, Marina Village, Catalina Room (new location)
    June 22, 2018, 5-10 pm, AASD Summerfest, Marina Village, Seaside Room
  • ESTATE PLANNING – DISCOUNT FOR AASD MEMBERS!    AASD is pleased to announce a new partnership with Greg Runge, Estate Planning Attorney.  Greg is an estate planning attorney with just under ten years of experience practicing in the areas of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives. In addition to his legal work, Greg is also currently a Lieutenant with a local police department, where he is in his 18th year of service as a sworn officer. As a public employee, Greg is very aware of the unique estate planning issues that can come into play with our members.  Greg has focused his legal practice on providing essential estate planning services to public employees and their families at an affordable rate.  This benefit is available to all AASD Members, AASD Members-Police Management Association (PMA), AASD Affiliate Members and AASD Retired Members.  Greg is offering this service to our members for a flat fee of $750, which is 50% off the going rate for estate planning (very complex or very large estates may require a higher fee that would be individually negotiated with the member).  To contact Greg Runge, please e-mail gregrunge@gmail.com or telephone (858) 395-4011 and be sure to mention you are an AASD member so you receive the discounted rate.
    Please review CalCoast's flyer on available scholarship information. Scholarship applications are available at calcoastcu.org. All applications must be received by, or postmarked no later than, March 31, 2018. Click here for the Foster student application, and click here for the College-bound high school student application. 
  • SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS IN SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIESRegion 18, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) is offering four $1,000 scholarships to four high school seniors Please click here  for the application.  The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.
    North Island Credit Union, A Division of California Credit Union, is pleased to announce their Annual Scholarship Program is now available. Their program is designed to acknowledge exceptional students throughout the greater San Diego area. They will award 10 scholarships of $1,000 each to students who are motivated in their academic endeavors, active in their schools, and contributing to their community, giving back to others through their participation, service, and volunteer work. Submission of an essay and letter of recommendation will provide a testament to the character and abilities of the student applicant. Applications will be accepted until March 16, 2018.
    Applicant Qualifications
  • Graduating high school senior enrolling into a two- or four-year college
    or Community college student transferring into a four-year university
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • Evidence of community and/or school involvement
  • Online applications are being accepted through March 16, 2018.
    For more information please see
    attached flyer  to apply or visit   northisland.ccu.com/scholarship

  • CONTINUED MEMBERSHIP IN THE ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (ACSA).  As was reported in June, the District notified AASD that they will no longer pay their share (50%) of the ACSA dues for AASD members.  For the past three years, AASD and SDUSD had an agreement whereupon the District paid 50% of the cost of ACSA dues and AASD paid 50% of the cost of ACSA dues.  All AASD members were then provided with membership in ACSA, as well as professional development activities, as part of the agreement.  The agreement ended 6/30/2017.

    There are many benefits of continuing to be an ACSA Member – as detailed in this handout (click on link).   ACSA is offering a one-year special for AASD members of membership for one dollar ($1) per day.  Dues are deducted 10 times a year (September-June).

    If AASD members are interested in continuing membership with ACSA, please complete the application (click on link) and return it via e-mail to Deborah Burke, ACSA, at dburke@acsa.org. Please review the attached summary of benefits sheet for ACSA membership (click here).

  • PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS.  AASD communicates with members via  personal e-mail address.  We do not communicate via "sandi.net."  If your personal email address changes, please remember to notify AASD by e-mailing our Office Clerk, Jim Costello, at  Jim@aasdcs.org .
  • AASD PROFESSIONAL GROWTH GRANT.  The Administrators Association San Diego City Schools (AASD), in conjunction with the San Diego Unified School District, provides financial grants to members to assist them in their professional growth. Unit members who participate in professional development activities related to job-connected skills or potential careers with the District may qualify to have the cost of registration fees defrayed by available funds up to $100. This includes ACSA-sponsored Academies, Conferences and Institutes.  Click here  f or more details. 
  • "BENEFIT HUB" FROM WILD AT WORK.  Check out the discount program by Wild at Work – BenefitHub!  All AASD members have access to thousands of discounts which allows you to save on everything from movies and theme parks to restaurants and sporting events

    This free service provides discounts to theme parks, hotels, and entertainment destinations (i.e., San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Universal Studios, Sea World, etc.). Register online to take advantage of a variety of terrific discounts.  Special offers and discounts are always changing, so check back frequently.  You can purchase and print tickets from the convenience of your home.  Visit their website at www.wildatwork.com (you will be redirected to the "Benefit Hub" website). Click on “Register” and under “Employees,” enter “AASD” for the company name.  If you have any questions about registering, or encounter any problems, call the AASD office for assistance.  If you have any questions about or need assistance with the Wild at Work or Benefit Hub website, you can contact Support at (866) 664-4621.

  • DISCOUNT MOVIE TICKETS.  AASD has both AMC and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal/Edwards/UA) movie passes available to members.  Regal tickets are $8.50 each. These passes have no expiration date and are unrestricted, so they can be used any time and for newly-released movies.  

    The AMC "Black" tickets are $10.25 each, have no expiration date, and do not have any restrictions.  Contact AASD to purchase tickets or if you have any questions.  

  •  SEE'S CANDIES.  See's Candies gift certificates are available for purchase at AASD.  A gift certificate for one pound of chocolates is now $16.90 each.  They have no expiration date. The current retail amount for a pound of chocolates is $19.90, which saves you $3.00 per pound.   

    Administrators Association of San Diego (AASD) members qualify for quantity discounts on See's candy at the Quantity Discount Rosecrans store. To redeem your discount, show a valid ID; your AASD member card, and provide our account number 6472612. This discount is only valid at 3751 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92110.



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