AASD Weekly Update 02-14-19


  • VALENTINE'S DAY AND HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE.  The AASD Board of Directors send all of you warm wishes for a Happy Valentine's Day. We hope you celebrate it by doing all the things you love.

    In addition, the AASD office will be closed on Friday, February 15 and Monday, February 18 in observance of the President's Day holidays.  If you have an urgent matter during the office closure, please contact the AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, at donis@aasdcs.org.  

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!  AASD SPRING CONFERENCE IS MARCH 19, 2019All AASD members in good standing (attendance is mandatory), non-represented management, confidential employees and AASD retirees are invited to join AASD/SDUSD for the annual Spring Conference on March 19.  Breakfast is provided from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.  Our conference theme is "Stories Matter:  How Will You Tell Yours?"  Our keynote speaker is Scholastic author Pam Allyn, a literacy expert and author.  Workshops include: Strategies to Raise a Community of Super Readers; Using Social Media To Tell Your Story; Your Safety and Self Defense; Finding Balance Between Your Budget Today and Life Tomorrow and Music, Mood and Your Inner Mojo (managing stress through music).  There is something for everyone!  For members in good standing, non-represented management and confidential employees – please sign up through ERO. For retirees, no RSVP necessary – just show up!  Click here for the information about the conference.
  • AASD IS AWARDING $750 SCHOLARSHIPS TO CHILDREN OF OUR AASD MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING!  The AASD Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that sons/daughters (including step-sons and step-daughters) of AASD Members in Good Standing who are graduating seniors this year are eligible for AASD scholarships for $750 each to be used towards higher education.  This is an increase from previous years where the scholarships were $500!  The AASD Scholarship Program is funded by dues from AASD Retired Members and from funds raised last year at our first annual Casino Night fundraiser.  All members/students who apply and are qualified will receive a $750 scholarship.  The application submission deadline is April 16, 2019.  Please click the link for information on how to apply.
    Mark your calendar now for our 2019 Casino Night Fundraiser for the AASD Scholarship Program!  October 4, 2019, 6:00 to 10:30 p.m.  More information to come!  All proceeds go to fund scholarships for the children of AASD Members in Good Standing.  The Scholarship Committee hopes to raise enough money to be able to again improve the amount of the scholarship.  The Scholarship Committee is co-chaired by Veronica Ortega and Stacey Simpson and supported by AASD Staff Donis Coronel and Jim Costello.  The committee members are:  Bridgette Brunetto, Anthony DeLuca, Troy Hickey, Marcy Lammey, Erica Renfree, Jeff Sabins and Carmi Strom.
    If you have a family member or friend who owns/works for a business that would like to be a sponsor of this fundraising effort, or donate a door prize, please share their contact information with Donis Coronel, Executive Director.  We need the support of vendor/business partners to make this a successful event.

  • IMPORTANT – NEW ELECTRONIC LINK AVAILABLE! FILL OUT YOUR AASD RECOMMITMENT FORM NOW! This information pertains to current AASD members who were AASD members prior to June 28, 2018.  It does NOT apply to affiliate members or retired members.  Many have asked how to “re-join” AASD in light of the Supreme Court Decision, Janus v. AFSCME.  If you were an AASD member on June 27, 2018, per the Decision, you automatically stayed as an AASD "Member in Good Standing" and will remain so.  However, we are asking all AASD members to re-commit to AASD by completing the google form (link below). This re-confirms your AASD membership and ensures that you have access to the benefits of being an AASD member – legal representation, AASD representation, discounted services, scholarships for your children, professional development reimbursements, etc. 

    Some of you have already filled out the new membership form over the past few months – if so, it is not necessary to complete it again.  If you have any questions regarding the re-commitment form, please contact the AASD office at 619-295-2118 or e-mail one of the AASD staff members for assistance.  Thank you in advance for your commitment to our Union – AASD.    


    To review the benefits of being an AASD member,
     please Click here .   

    American Fidelity is offering a NO HEALTH QUESTIONS ASKED Special Enrollment for AASD members for disability insurance.  An American Fidelity Representative will be visiting numerous San Diego Unified sites throughout January and February. Click here to review the schedule and for information on how to make an appointment.  To view the flyer summarizing the Disability Insurance being offered, Click here. This insurance is one of the many benefits afforded to you by being a Member in Good Standing with AASD and is also available to Affiliate Members. 

    If you would like to schedule a visit at your site during this Special Enrollment, please contact American Fidelity at 866-523-1857 ext. 0 or email suzanne.stokes@americanfidelity.com.

    NOTE: If you currently have Disability Insurance via AFA, you must update your salary with them. The District does not notify AFA of salary changes.  Failing to update your salary may result in you receiving a lesser benefit if you file a claim.

    Listed below are our upcoming Empower Hour events!  Please share this information with any other colleagues who may be interested!  Spread the word!  Bring a colleague.
    Attached is an UPDATED list of our events for 2018-19. 
    The Mission of Empower Hour is "To encourage, support and inspire female educational leaders through various growth opportunities." Empower Hour is for current, aspiring and retired female administrators, managers and supervisors -- classified and certificated in the San Diego County area.  Come and see what we are all about! It’s an excellent opportunity to network, meet new people, become inspired and to catch up with old friends!

    March 13, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (at Marie Callender's, 330 F Street, Chula Vista  91910)
    Empower Hour Happy Hour
    We are back in the South area!  Come and join us for a fun evening of networking and inspiration!  Hear a great speaker (Kristine Shipman, Executive Leadership Coach, SDCOE), network with colleagues and relax!
    Appetizers and door prizes provided.  Wear your Empower Hour T-shirt and get an extra door prize ticket.  Or buy an Empower Hour shirt at the event and get an extra ticket!
    This event is sponsored by CALPRO, California Casualty, VEBA,  ACSA Region 18 and AASD.
    RSVP required. Please only sign up if you are able to attend. If you sign up and plans change, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite.
    RSVP at:

    March 20, 2019, 5:00-8:00 p.m. (at the AASD office, Mission Valley)
    Empowered Mental Prep for Interviewing
    It's that time of year when opportunities to interview for school district positions happen! Empower Hour has pulled together a panel of HR professionals from several San Diego school districts to provide tips for interviewing and to answer your questions. We know that each school district has their own specific process for recruitment, interviewing and hiring -- the information provided by our experts will be generic and applicable to any recruitment process in any district -- for those seeking classified or certificated management/administrative positions. Our esteemed panel consists of Kim Phifer, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources and Organizational Development, South Bay; Acacia Thede, Chief Human Resources Officer, San Diego Unified; Yolanda Rogers, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources and Professional Development, Lemon Grove; and possibly one more Human Resources professional.
    Attend this event to learn how to be prepared so that you have the best interview possible and the best chance ever at the job you want!
    A light dinner and beverages will be provided, as well as door prizes. Dinner is at 5:00-5:30 PM with the panel starting at 5:30 PM.  Wear your Empower Hour T-Shirt and get an extra raffle ticket.  Or buy a T-shirt at the event and get that extra ticket!
    This event is sponsored by CALPRO, California Casualty, VEBA, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, ACSA Region 18 and AASD.
    Seating is limited for this event. Please only sign up if you can actually attend. If the event is full, please contact Donis at
    donis@aasdcs.org to be placed on the waiting list. Avoid Interstate 8 east if possible.
    RSVP at:

    Thank you from your Empower Hour Planning Team:     Becky Bravo, Jennifer Carbuccia, Donis Coronel (coordinator), Clorinda Espinoza, Suzie Fore, Elizabeth Kramer, Carla Love and Randy White

    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.

    Program Manager, Special Education (3 Vacancies), Closes 2/15/19

    Principal, Chollas-Mead, Closes 2/22/19


    Real Estate Office Supervisor, Closes 4/30/19

  • BARGAINING UPDATE.  AASD has a classified contract and a certificated contract in place until June 30, 2020.  A copy of each contract is available on the AASD website www.aasdcs.org AASD negotiated reopener negotiations to be conducted in 2018-19 with any changes implemented in the 2019-20 year.  The agreement is to reopen the Wage Article and two other articles.  Originally the District notified AASD that they would be reopening the Health and Welfare article and the Hours of Employment article (which is where language regarding furlough/work year reduction days resides) in addition to Wages.  AASD notified the District that we would reopen on the Appendix only (in addition to Wages).  Following the initial notification, the District has now notified AASD that they will NOT be reopening the Health and Welfare Benefits article, nor the Hours of Employment article.  What this means is that Health and Welfare Benefits will remain as is and that there will NOT be any proposals forthcoming from the District for additional/continued work year reduction or furlough days for 2019-20.  All current furlough days will be returned on July 1, 2019 to AASD represented members which will include salaries being adjusted accordingly (which for “most” in the AASD unit is an approximate 5% increase).  Reopener bargaining on Wages will begin closer to May when the Governor’s May Revise is presented and a more clear picture of the District’s financial status is available.  Your AASD bargaining teams are:
    Chief Negotiator/Executive Director, AASD: Donis Coronel
    Certificated Bargaining Team
    Chair : Scott Thomason, Principal, CPMA Middle
    Michelle Bell, Program Manager, Nursing and Wellness
    Jonathan McDade, Principal, Correia Middle
    Alex Nguyen, Vice Principal, Marston Middle
    Ernie Remillard, Principal, Mission Bay High
    Lauren Robinson. Principal, Hawthorne Elementary
    Classified Bargaining Team
    Chair : Jesus Montana, Sergeant, School Police
    Bill Cheney, Food Services Area Supervisor
    Bryan Ehm, Maintenance Supervisor
    Jaime (Jim) Felix, Transportation Budget Supervisor
    Brian Kenworthy, Operations Specialist
    Lumumba Mushonga, Supervising Rehab Specialist
    Official Notetaker: Patricia Burch, Retired Member

  • CERTIFICATED WORKLOAD WORK GROUP UPDATE.  The certificated workload work group met in December to review feedback provided by members.  A follow up meeting was to be held last week, but it interfered with the SBB process and was canceled.  The group will meet again in April.  The workload feedback form is available between now and April to provide feedback on workload issues/concerns. 

    Region 18 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) (San Diego and Imperial Counties) and the San Diego County School Boards Association are very pleased to offer five $1,000 scholarships as a result of donations made by both organizations and their generous business partners.
    Their scholarships provide an award for four high school seniors who meet the following criteria:  1) show proven academic success with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average;  2) are involved in community service;  3) who may not necessarily qualify for other financial aid, and  4) are pursuing a career in education as a teacher or other certificated employee.

    Click here for the application.

    Please encourage your students to apply by Monday, April 15, 2019.

  • AASD COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS POSTED ON THE AASD WEBSITE.  The collective bargaining agreements (contracts) for the AASD classified unit and the AASD certificated unit are finalized and posted on the AASD website.  The District no longer provides a hard copy to AASD members.  You are welcome to view the contracts on our website and feel free to print a copy, if you wish. To view the contracts, visit the AASD website at www.aasdcs.org and click on Governance/Contracts or Collective Bargaining/Contracts.

  • 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!

  • 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 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 call (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 ADMINISTRATORS (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 in good standing, affiliate and retired members.  Regal tickets are now $9.00 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 by members in good standing, affiliate and retired members.  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. You can also give them the AASD office phone number (619-295-2118) for the discount.  This discount is only valid at 3751 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92110.



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