AASD Weekly Update 04-26-18


  • COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN RATIFIED.  The AASD membership ratified the new collective bargaining agreements for both the AASD classified and certificated units on April 13.  On April 24, the Board of Education ratified the agreements.  Following the ratification, AASD and the District reached an agreement on implementation of the new equity clause (“me-too”) language.  The notification and agreements are below.


    All AASD bargaining unit members will receive:


         = 1% Ongoing salary increase effective July 1, 2018

         = 1% Ongoing salary increase effective mid-year (either January 1, 2019
             or February 1, 2019)

         = 1% One-Time Off-Schedule bonus (1% of annual base salary for
             2017-18) paid by August 1, 2018

         = Three-week leave for a birth mother following the birth of her child


    Click here for the notification and agreements.

  • AASD WORKS FOR YOUR BENEFIT -- THE LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS IS VAST.  In the coming months, this article will highlight many of the reasons why you need a Union and will point out what happens when you are not Union-represented.  Most of you are aware of the Supreme Court Case, Janus v. AFSCME – a decision will be made by the Supreme Court in June 2018 and will likely change the way public sector unions operate.  To prepare for the Supreme Court ruling and to share information about the value of being a union member, the members of the AASD Board of Directors are visiting our AASD-represented members either 1:1 or in small group settings.  We want to share the values of being a union member with you and we want to hear your input!


    AASD became a union in 2009.  Prior to that, AASD was a professional organization for many years (our records show existence back to 1939).  All the large K-12 districts in California have management unions that represent front-line managers/supervisors.  AASD was actually the last of the larger districts to unionize.  AASD is also part of the California Association of Urban School Administrators (CAUSA), a group formed many years ago for administrator unions to have a way to share ideas, contract language and to network with one another.  AASD is an active participant, and our Executive Board members attend CAUSA meetings/trainings twice a year.  The AASD Officers are also members of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and are connected to the state organization as well as the local region (ACSA Region 18).  The AASD Executive Director is also affiliated with the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) – a union that represents certificated management.


    AASD has two separate units and two distinct contracts -- a Classified Supervisory Unit (classified managers and supervisors) and a Certificated Supervisory Unit (certificated principals, vice principals and central office administrators).  AASD represents both groups equally and understands that there are unique issues with each unit.  AASD promotes networking, camaraderie and support between both the classified and certificated members.  All members are important to AASD!


    Since unionizing, AASD has formalized.  There are current Bylaws which are available on the AASD website www.aasdcs.org.  The Bylaws are reviewed each year by the Board of Directors and updated as necessary.  The Bylaws govern how we operate within our Union.


    Stay tuned for weekly articles on how AASD works for YOUR benefit.  Remember that TOGETHER we will remain strong and represented.
  • DEADLINE APPROACHING ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS – COULD YOUR KINDERS BENEFIT FROM AASD'S 50/50 RAFFLE FUNDRAISER?  If you have attended some of AASD’s social events over the years, you may have participated in the 50/50 raffle.  The proceeds from the 50/50 raffle – which began in 2014 – have been used to supply incoming Kindergarten (and TK) students at a deserving elementary school with a wonderful homework kit full of school supplies. 
    If you would like your elementary site to be considered for the Homework Kits for the opening of the 2018-19 school year, please complete the application and send it to the AASD office to Jim Costello jim@aasdcs.org no later than April 30, 2018.  The Member Relations Committee will review the applications and select the next school(s) to receive the Homework Kits.  The lucky school(s) will be announced at this year’s Summerfest event on June 15, 2018.  Please click this link to access the application.

  • CHECK OUT EMPOWER HOUR!  The Mission of Empower Hour is “To encourage, support and inspire female educational leaders through various growth opportunities.”  Empower Hour is a group for female leaders (both classified and certificated) in the San Diego education family.  Current leaders, aspiring leaders, and retired leaders are welcome!  Come see what it is are all about!


    EMPOWER HOUR HAPPY HOUR  --  May 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Casa Machado (Montgomery Airfield, Kearny Mesa, San Diego).


    Come join us for an opportunity to network, inspire and support other female leaders in the education family, hear a good speaker and enjoy a great evening with colleagues!  Appetizers provided, as well as door prizes!  Wear your Empower Hour T-Shirt and get an extra door prize ticket (or buy a T-Shirt at the event and get an extra ticket!). 


    This event is sponsored by CALPRO, VEBA, Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, ACSA Region 18 and AASD.


    Click below for more details and to sign up. 



    Thank you for your support of Empower Hour!


    Your Empower Hour Planning Team:   Donis Coronel (Planning Team Coordinator), Becky Bravo, Cori Brooks, Jennifer Carbuccia, Suzie Fore, Amy Hunt, Elizabeth Kramer, Carla Love and Randy White.

  • MAY 10 AASD MEMBERSHIP MEETING.  This meeting is for all members, affiliate members and retired members.  Union updates regarding the “me-too” clause and other important union matters will be given.  Come early and visit our vendor partners – get your “bingo” card stamped by our vendor partners and enter a raffle for a “San Diego Package” valued at $500 including Padre tickets, San Diego County Fair tickets and much more!  There will be heavy appetizers and beverages.  Over $1,500 in prizes will be given away (prizes are donated by vendor partners or are a result of vendor table rental fees – no AASD dues money is used).  Thank you to CALPRO for being the premiere sponsor of this event.  Please plan on attending – our Union is only as strong as the participation of our members!  Click here for the flyer.
  • NOMINATIONS FOR 2018-2019 AASD BOARD OF DIRECTORSThe following nominations have been received for the positions on the AASD Board of Directors. VOTING will be held at the May 10 membership meeting.

    Co-Chair (Classified), Member Relations Committee Maria Moore Flagg, Retired.
    Co-Chair (Certificated), Member Relations Committee Irene Hightower, Principal, Cabrillo Elementary.
    Co-Chair (Classified), Professional Development Committee Mario Garcia, Translations Supervisor, Special Education
    Co-Chair (Certificated), Professional Development Committee Eileen Moreno, Principal, Edison Elementary.
    Co-Chair (Classified), Scholarship Committee Nancy Picone, Accounts Payable Manager, Finance.
    Co-Chair (Certificated), Scholarship Committee Stacey Simpson, Vice Principal, Madison High.
    Health and Welfare Representative (Certificated) Brad Callahan, Principal, Lewis Middle and John Aguilar, Principal Normal Heights Elementary
    Health and Welfare Representative (Classified)  Phil Baertschi, Custodial Services Supervisor, Physical Plant Operations.
    Manager, Classified Samantha Clabaugh, Operations Specialist, Quality Assurance Office.
    Plant Operations Supervisor/Building Services Supervisor III Troy Hickey, BSS III, Pacific Beach Middle.
    Police Management Association Jesus Montana, Sergeant, School Police.
    Principal, Elementary Carmi Strom, Principal, Webster Elementary and Akoni Derige, Principal Chesterton Elementary.
    Principal, Middle Level/K-8 Christina Casillas, Principal.
    Supervisor, Classified Paula Hamar,Supervising Rehabilitation Specialist, Mental Health Resource Center.
    Vice Principal Jenney Nash, Vice Principal, Muirlands Middle..

    One representative from each category will be voted onto the Board of Directors. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the May 10 meeting as write in candidates. 

    For previous workload updates click here.  AASD is keeping certificated workload at the forefront and will continue to advocate for our members!
  • CONDOLENCES AASD 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.

    Rosalie Salazar Joiner, mother of Mark Joiner and Kristie Joiner (Principal, Jerebek Elementary), passed away on April 22, 2018.  AASD sends our sincere condolences to Kristie and the Joiner Family.

    Thursday, May 10, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm , viewing at Glen Abbey
    Friday, May 11 at 10:00 am funeral at Bonita Valley Community Church
    Friday, May 11 at 11:30 am interment at Glen Abbey Followed by a Gathering of friends and family around 1:00 pm at Home of Mark & Kristie Joiner.    

  • 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.


    GRANT FOR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES WHO WISH TO BECOME TEACHERS.  The San Diego County Office of Education is once again accepting applications for the Classified Employee Teacher Recruitment Grant Program. Classified employees who are currently working in San Diego school districts and would like to pursue a career as a teacher are encouraged to apply. The grant provides approximately $3,000 per year to cover the costs of tuition, books, testing, and other academic support services. To help offset the cost of completing their educational plans, participants will be reimbursed for approved expenditures after they have submitted an invoice and proof of payment.  Grant participants not currently enrolled in a credential program will be required to take a series of Online courses at Feather River College that incorporate valuable mentoring, strategies, and support.
    In order to be considered for this grant interested applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be employed as a classified employee at a school district or county office
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 units or have an AA degree
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Complete the attached application (click here)
  • Secure TWO letters of recommendation
  • Complete the Personal Statement
  • Provide unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Complete the attached application to Feather River College (if not currently enrolled in a credential program) . (Click here)

    All required components - the application, letters of recommendation, personal statement, unofficial transcripts, and Feather River College application (if applicable) - must be received before the application is considered complete. If an individual previously applied for this grant, but was not selected, that person will need to reapply to this grant in order to be considered. Please keep in mind that legislation connected to this grant specifies that the participant must be employed throughout the duration of the grant, which includes their student teaching. This means that when it comes time for the participants to complete their student teaching, districts must agree to keep the participant employed either by granting a leave of absence, paid internship, or paid teaching residency. By advancing a candidate through this process you are agreeing to keep this participant employed, should they be selected as a grant recipient, and are in turn helping our future educators feel comfortable and secure while they work toward their goals. 

    Completed applications are due to Sheiveh Jones, SDCOE,  by Friday, May 4, 2018. You may truck mail, mail, or hand deliver the completed applications to: San Diego County Office of Education Attention: Sheiveh Jones, Teacher Effectiveness and Evaluation 6401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 103 San Diego, CA 92111-7319.

    All applicants will be notified on May 18, 2018 regardless of whether they were chosen as a recipient, selected as an alternate, or were not selected at this time.   Selected recipients and alternates will be required to attend an online orientation meeting being held in late May or early June.
    Should you need any information or have any questions, please contact Sheiveh Jones at  snjones@sdcoe.net or at 760-761-5182.

  • ACSA REPRESENTATIVES VISIT LEGISLATORS TO ADVOCATE FOR STUDENTS AND OUR MEMBERS!  On Monday, April 16, hundreds of ACSA representatives from all over the state hit the Capitol running to advocate for students at  the annual ACSA Legislative Action Day.  A contingent of representatives from ACSA Region 18 (San Diego and Imperial Valley) included Donis Coronel (AASD Executive Director) and Richard Nash (Principal, Madison High) from AASD, as well as 11 other ACSA representatives from various San Diego and Imperial County districts. The team was led by ACSA Region 18 Executive Director, Tom Teagle and Region 18 Vice President of Legislative Action, Jennifer Carbuccia. It was a productive day meeting with various members of the Assembly and Senate to advocate for additional funding for LCFF and advocating to extend the probationary period for teachers to three years (to allow principals the time to truly develop that teacher before having to decide to release in the two-year probationary period). Click the  below links for a copy of the ACSA Legislative Action Day “leave behind” and pictures of the ACSA Region 18 team.

    Leave behind, picture 1, picture 2, picture 3, picture 4, and picture 5.
  • AASD CELL PHONE/SCREEN CLEANER.   All attendees at the AASD/SDUSD Spring Conference received a blue AASD cell phone/screen cleaner.  Some of you have asked if it is re-fillable.  YES, it is!  To refill it:

    Step 1: Remove the spray bottle from the holder by gently pulling up on the spray button.  NOTE:  The blue button is attached to the sprayer - do not pull the blue button/cap off of the sprayer.  Once the spray bottle is out of the holder, you can unscrew the sprayer from the bottle.

    Step 2: Fill the spray bottle halfway with distilled or bottled water. (Tap water will leave streaks.)
    Step 3: Fill the other half of the bottle with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
    Step 4: Screw the sprayer back onto the bottle and shake the bottle to mix the solution.

    This way, you can use your AASD cell phone/screen cleaner canister over and over!

  •  AASD WEBSITE 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).  Visit the website to view the AASD calendar and for forms and information on our Union, as well as discounts for 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!

  • 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.  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! 

    May 10, 2018, 4-7 pm, AASD Spring Membership Meeting, Marina Village, Catalina Room (new location). FLYER

    June 15, 2018, 5-10 pm, AASD Summerfest, Marina Village, Seaside Room. FLYER

  • 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 approximately 10 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.
  • CONTINUED MEMBERSHIP IN THE ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (ACSA).  As was reported in June 2017, 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  for more details. 
  • "BENEFIT HUB" - PLEASE NOTE THIS WEBSITE HAS CHANGED!  Benefit Hub is an online discount program.  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 car rental companies, 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 these 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. 

    Enter the following address in the browser bar, with no leading  w's -
    aasd.benefithub.com .  Do not do a "search" for Benefit Hub as it will take you to the wrong website.  Click on "Guest" at the upper right-hand side of the screen. Fill in the information and create a password.  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 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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