AASD Weekly Update 06-28-18


  • AASD OFFICE CLOSURE.  The AASD office will be closed on July 4, 5 and 6 (Wednesday-Friday) due to the holiday and staff absences.  If a member has an urgent need during this time, please either e-mail or call Donis Coronel, Executive Director, at donis@aasdcs.org or at (619) 813-8792.  Additionally, there will not be an AASD Weekly Update sent out electronically on July 5.
  • SUPREME COURT RULING, JANUS v. AFSCME The Supreme Court ruling on Janus v AFSCME was announced yesterday.  This ruling is another step in a highly-funded attack on public schools from those billionaires who support privatization of schools; an attack on our union members who work every day to support their families; and an attempt to squelch the power of our members’ collective voice through our union.  Yesterday’s ruling took away the fair share protection afforded to public sector unions.  Fair share was based on the premise that everyone who benefited from collective bargaining --  wage increases, health benefits and protections of the union contract -- in a fair share manner – would contribute to the cause, even if they chose not to be a member of the union (AASD) but as a fee payor. The decision dramatically changes that.

    With yesterday’s ruling, those AASD-represented individuals who choose not to be a union member will not contribute anything to AASD  but will continue to receive all the same salary increases, health benefits and protections in our union contract as those AASD represents who do contribute their fair share by paying union dues. This is  unfair to all members who contribute. This change was designed by those who do not believe in public schools and public education.  Those who want us to fail.  Those who want public employer unions to be weak.  Those who are hopeful that our members will fall for the “more money in your pocket” concept and that, as a result, our union will be diminished in the strength of the membership.  Those who are hoping they can, then swoop in and decimate public education as we know it today.

    No court case can stop hard working people from organizing and having their voices heard through their union.   Our union response to the Janus decision must be to continue to organize and fight back against efforts to divide public employees by further diluting the strength of our unions.  Don’t be fooled by the idea of extra dollars in your pocket – yesterday’s decision was an attack on public schools (our schools!) and kids (our students!).  They are hoping to make our union weak and to privatize public education.  Your dedication and commitment to our union – AASD – is the strength of our union.  Stay with us, stay strong and support AASD by continuing to be a member in good standing. 
    As the details of the implementation of the Janus ruling become available, AASD will keep all members updated. 
    For your information, as of June 27, 2018, certain “AASD benefits” are now only available to “members in good standing.”  Former “fee-payors” (now known as “free riders”) are not eligible for these member-only benefits such as:
  • Referral to an Attorney at no cost or a shared cost
  • Ability to participate in insurances offered by American Fidelity Assurance (disability, cancer, etc)
  • Ability to apply for scholarships for your graduating senior
  • Discounted rate for estate planning
  • Discounted movie tickets and discounted See’s Candies certificates
  • $100 reimbursement from the AASD Professional Growth Fund
  • Complimentary attendance at AASD social events (Membership Meetings, Holiday Event, Summerfest)

    AASD will stay committed to remain strong and a viable union.  In order to do that, we will ask for and need your continued support.  There is strength in numbers and in a collective voice!
  •  CERTIFICATED AASD WORKLOAD SURVEYThe AASD workload work group met with the district team on June 25 in the first of a series of meetings planned to address workload challenges and inefficiencies that hinder principals and central office certificated managers from focusing on their prime directive, teaching and learning. Here is a summary of the June 25 meeting.
    The meeting started with a review of the items not already addressed in the action summary from 12/5/17. (Link below)
    Some key updates from the June 25 meeting:
    Staffing: This year’s staffing process is way ahead of last year’s. HR hopes to have schools staffed by 8/1/18.
    Help Desk Wait Times: Previously vacant positions have been filled and the school board recently approved the purchase of the new digital phone management system.
    Central Calendar: The work grop asked for a shared calendar for principal and instructional events. We were hoping to have it by May.  It has not happened, but the district agreed that it will be done soon.
    Bully Reporting: The district took a look into this issue, but there have not been changes to the current system. More to come.
    Landscaping Schedules: All principals received an email from PPO (Jim Hallauer) including landscape contacts and schedule. The next request is that the landscape supervisor reach out to their site principals to build more lines of communication.
    Split Custodial Teams: No real updates here. District supervisors are well aware of the challenges that split teams present, and they are doing whatever possible to mitigate these challenges.
    Special Education: The district notes several updates from the Special Education Department, including a variety of training intended to minimize inefficiencies.
    Comprehensive School Safety Plan: The work group recommended having campus officers get more involved with updating the binder for the school.
    Board Meeting Summary Report: The district agreed to add a link to the current appointment report that will make it easier for principals to see what board actions have been approved.
    In addition to these and a few other issues, the work group read and reflected on the current survey which was completed by 66% of the AASD certificated membership. All agreed that the responses indicated real challenges related to workload, but beyond what was previously reviewed, there were no remedies offered by the district. AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, stated that the workload issues were definitely an issue for our members, but most concerning to AASD were the sentiments shared in the comments which indicate that amongst our AASD members, morale is low, stress is high and members are very concerned about their own health, an acceptable level of work/life balance and burnout. 
    The district was receptive to continued work with the committee and requested that AASD nominate a representative for each level to give candid feedback directly to executive leadership regarding various matters. The committee agreed that this was a very positive sign, indicating a continued willingness to work toward collective solutions. The AASD Executive Board will work on designating representatives.
    Please watch the Weekly Update for additional information including a new Google Doc form to report continued workload issues.  This document will be disseminated to all AASD represented certificated by the time you return from summer break.  The form will be shared monthly with district representatives to address/resolve workload issues in a timely manner.
    In addition, following the meeting, AASD was notified of the following issues being implemented as a direct result of the AASD workload survey:
    The addition of three vice principal positions to be “shared” between large elementary/K-8 schools with enrollment of 700+.  Each position would support three schools to help address workload.
    No specific details are available yet, but small elementary schools with split-site custodians will be receiving additional support from custodial operations.
    Realignment of the Area Superintendents so that five will support elementary/K-8/middle level schools and one will support all high schools.  Part of the reasoning was to address the concerns of principals who shared that their Area Superintendent was not available due to their focus on the high schools assigned to them.
    AASD continues to keep workload at the forefront of all conversations with the district.

    Here are the survey results. 

    Elem. Principals ,  K-8 Principals, Middle Level Principals, Senior High Principals, Vice Principals , Central Office Certificated

    12/5/17 Action Summary Document  

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW – CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER!  AASD provides scholarships to graduating seniors each year in the amount of $500.  The AASD Scholarship Committee is fundraising to improve our scholarship program.  Please mark your calendars to join us in our first fundraiser – Casino Night – Vegas Baby!  This fun event to benefit our scholarship fund will be held on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Marina Village, Seaside Room.  There are two tiers of tickets -- $50 includes admission, wristband for unlimited beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), heavy appetizers, chips to play the tables, many opportunities to win prizes, dancing and more!  Or $35 gets you the same, minus the alcoholic beverages.  Anyone is welcome – AASD members, colleagues, friends, family, community members, etc.  Must be 21 years of age to attend.  RSVP will be required and information to purchase tickets will be forthcoming.  Join us and help raise funds for scholarships!  It’s going to be great fun for a wonderful cause!
    We need your help!  Do you know of a business in your community/ neighborhood, a friend’s business, your spouse/partner’s business or anyone that would like to sponsor this event?  We are looking for many sponsors that want to support scholarships for students!  Levels of sponsorship are $1,000, $3,000 or $5,000 with different levels of advertisement/acknowledgement.  We are also looking for an underwriter for the event (donation level $10,000).  What a great way for a business of any type to advertise to school employees and others!  We are also looking for donated door prizes from businesses.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in sponsorship or donating a door prize, please contact the AASD Office (Executive Director, Donis Coronel) with the information.  We appreciate your help in spreading the word!  AASD is a 501(c)(5) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

    Stay tuned for more information to come!

  • 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.

  • 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.


    It is anticipated there will be postings on July 1.


    Operations Auditor - closes 7/15/18
    It is anticipated that there will be additional postings by July 1


  • AASD COMMITTEES – WE WANT YOU Are you interested in getting more involved at AASD and serving on a committee?  AASD has the following opportunities to serve and support!  If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please e-mail the AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, at donis@aasdcs.org
    AASD Professional Development Committee
    (Typically meets each month, the 1st Wednesday of the month, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the AASD office)
    Co-Chairs:  Eileen Moreno (Principal, Edison Elementary) and Mario Garcia, (Supervisor, Special Education Translation Unit)

    This committee plans the annual AASD/SDUSD Spring Conference.  In addition, the committee approves all requests for professional growth reimbursement ($100).  The committee may also elect to plan other professional development activities throughout the year.

    AASD Member Relations Committee
    (Typically meets each month, the 1st Tuesday of the month, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the AASD office)
    Co-Chairs:  Irene Hightower (Principal, Cabrillo Elementary) and Maria Moore-Flagg, (Retired) 

    This committee has responsibility for the AASD Distinguished Leader Recognition Program, the Homework Kit Fundraiser, logistics for the two annual membership meetings and for all aspects of the annual Summerfest and Winter Holiday events, as well as other social/networking/collegial events and programs.

    AASD Finance Committee
    (Meets in December, February, May and August each school year at the AASD office)
    Chair:  Peggy Zickert (Program Manager, Program Monitoring)

    This committee has responsibility for reviewing the finances of the AASD organization.  The committee also prepares the annual budget which is then sent to the Board of Directors for approval.  Also, this committee reviews and manages the AASD investment account and makes recommendations regarding these funds.

    AASD Scholarship Committee
    (Typically meets the 4th Monday of each month, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the AASD office) 
    Co-Chairs:  Nancy Picone (Manager, Accounts Payable) and Stacey Simpson (Vice Principal, Madison High)

    This committee plans fundraisers to benefit the AASD Scholarship Fund.  The committee is also responsible for the scholarship program, approving scholarships and presenting scholarships.

  • AASD WEBSITE Click here www.aasdcs.org  to view our website.  The website is kept up-to-date and current for all of our members (members in good standing, 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  website, please e-mail
    jim@aasdcs.org with your comments.  We hope our website is a great resource for you!

  • 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!

  • ESTATE PLANNING – DISCOUNT FOR AASD MEMBERS!   AASD is pleased to announce our 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 in Good Standing, AASD Police Management Association (PMA) Members in Good Standing, 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.
  • MEMBERSHIP IN THE ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINI-STRATORS (ACSA).  There are many benefits of being an ACSA Member – as detailed in this handout (click on link).  Dues are deducted 10 times a year (September-June).

    If AASD members are interested in 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 $17.25 each.  There was a recent $0.35 price increase.  They have no expiration date. The current retail amount for a pound of chocolates is $20.50, which saves you $3.25 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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