AASD Weekly Update 03-14-19


  •  SIGN UP IN ERO NOW!  AASD SPRING CONFERENCE IS MARCH 19, 2019All AASD members in good standing (attendance is mandatory), non-represented management, confidential employees and AASD retired members 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 Matters (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 AASD retired members, no RSVP necessary – just show up!  Click here for the information about the conference.  NOTE:  MEMBERS ARE REPORTING PROBLEMS BEING ABLE TO SIGN UP VIA ERO.  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SIGN UP – EITHER CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD OR SIMPLY SHOW UP TO THE EVENT. 
  • NOMINATIONS FOR AASD OFFICER POSITIONS.  Nominations for AASD Officer positions are being accepted until April 4, 2019 at 5pm.  Members in Good Standing may be nominated by another Member in Good Standing or may self-nominate.  Officer positions are for a 2-year term beginning July 1, 2019 and nominees must have served for at least a year on the AASD Board of Directors (at some point since AASD unionized in 2009) to be eligible to run for an officer position. 
    AASD President – Nominations are being accepted for AASD President.  Current incumbent is Jolie Pickett, Principal, Garfield High, who has indicated she will run again.
    AASD Vice President-Classified --  Nominations are being accepted for AASD Vice President-Classified.  Current incumbent is Jeff Thomas, School  Site Operations Specialist, Office of School Innovation & Integrated Youth Services, who has indicated he will run again.
    AASD Vice President-Certificated – Nominations are being accepted for AASD Vice President-Certificated.  Current incumbent is Scott Thomason, Principal, CPMA Middle School, who has indicated he will run again.
    AASD Secretary/Treasurer – Nominations are being accepted for AASD Secretary/Treasurer.  Current incumbent is Peggy Zickert, Program Manager, Program Monitoring, who has indicated she will run again.
    The duties of the Officers of AASD are listed in the Bylaws, pages 5 through 9.
     Click here for a copy of the Bylaws. Those interested in running for an Officer position are automatically members of the AASD Executive Board.  The Executive Board meets twice a month, typically on a Thursday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., as well as an occasional special meeting.  Officers are expected to be present for all Executive Board meetings.  There are also other meetings that the President and Vice Presidents are expected to attend including a monthly meeting with the Superintendent, as well as the monthly AASD Board of Directors meeting.
    Please e-mail all nominations for Officer positions to Donis Coronel
    , donis@aasdcs.org by 5:00 p.m. on April 4.


    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 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.
    Come and be prepared so that you do the best interview possible and have the best chance ever at the job you want!
    A light dinner and beverages will be provided as well as door prizes. Dinner from 5:00-5:30 p.m. with the panel starting at 5:30 p.m.  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 Financial Network, VEBA, California Casualty, Schools First 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, Secondary Teaching and Learning (re-post), Closes 3/20/19
    Program Manager, Special Education (Specialized Settings), Closes 3/21/19


    Real Estate Office Supervisor, Closes 4/30/19
  • FACTS ABOUT MARCH 15 NOTICES FOR CERTIFICATED ADMINISTRATORS/MANAGERS.  Please see below for information regarding March 15 notifications in SDUSD.

    Exactly what is a March 15 Notice?

    It’s a notice given by districts to certificated administrators notifying them they may be released, demoted or reassigned for the following school year beginning July 1. The courts have stated that “the legislative purpose of the statute was to afford the administrator proper notice of possible change in duties and assignment in sufficient time to seek other satisfactory employment as an administrator.”

    Why is it normally referred to as the March 15 Notice?

    Education Code 44951 states, “unless a certificated employee holding a supervisory or administrative position is sent written notice deposited in the U.S. registered mail with postage prepaid and addressed to his/her last known address by March 15 that he/she may be released from his/her position for the following school year, or unless the signature of such an employee is obtained by March 15 on such notice that he/she may be released from his/her position for the following school year, he/she shall be continued in such position.”

    So the notice may be delivered to the employee in two ways?

    Yes, either by registered mail or hand delivered.

    If the notice is sent by registered mail to the employee’s last known home address, it is the responsibility of the employee to provide a current home address. If the employee does not sign for registered mail or does not retrieve it from the post office, the district will have satisfied its obligation by showing proof of mailing/delivery to the employee’s last known address.

    If the notice is hand delivered, the district must obtain a signature from the employee signifying they have received it.  It should be noted that if the district asks for the signature from the employee and the employee refuses, the district has met its obligation.

    Is the district required to give reasons for the March 15 Notice?

    Yes and no. If the employee is to be demoted to a teaching position the answer is yes. EC 44896 entitles an employee whose position requires an administrative or supervisory credential to a statement of reasons from “the governing board” when demoted to a teaching position. If the employee is being terminated or demoted to another administrative or supervisory position, the answer is no.

    What reasons must a district give for reassignment to the classroom?

    The courts have stated, “Except when the reason is one that impinges upon constitutional rights, any reason, no matter how trivial, is sufficient.” This means, “We are moving in a different direction” or “we have lost confidence in your leadership” would be sufficient.

    Does the board have to approve the preliminary March 15 Notice?

    No, but the board must approve the second step in the process, which is final notice with the specific action to be taken, prior to July 1. It is customary, however, in most districts for the board to approve the preliminary March 15 notice.

    Can the preliminary notice also serve as the final notice?

    Yes, if the action taken by the board states the employee ‘will be reassigned, demoted or terminated” vs. “may be reassigned.”

    There seems to be some confusion as to whether an employee who has received a positive evaluation can still be given a March 15 Notice. Can you clarify this?

    The courts have ruled, in simple terms, that there isn’t a connection between a March 15 Notice and the administrator having received a positive evaluation. The one exception is when an administrator is being demoted to a teaching position and the reasons include incompetency. An evaluation of the person shall have been completed not more than 60 days prior to giving the notice of the transfer.

    In SDUSD, do all administrators receive a March 15 Notice?  How do I know if I am truly affected?

    In SDUSD, the only principals that receive a March 15 Notice are those who are truly in jeopardy of being reassigned to a teaching position.  Affected principals will also be called to a meeting in Human Resources where the notice will be hand delivered.   For Vice Principals and Central Office Certificated Managers, everyone receives the March 15 Notification, however those who truly are in jeopardy of reassignment to a teaching position will be called to a meeting in Human Resources where the notice will be hand delivered.   An AASD representative will be present at any meeting with Human Resources. 

    For additional information, please contact the AASD Office, 619-295-2118 or e-mail AASD Executive Director Donis Coronel at donis@aasdcs.org

  • AASD DISTINGUISHED LEADER AWARDS.  Each year, AASD honors a number of members as AASD Distinguished Leaders. Please consider nominating a colleague for AASD Distinguished Leader Award. We have wonderful co-workers throughout our AASD bargaining unit and in our retiree ranks who are worthy of recognition and the AASD Member Relations Committee is hopeful that you will take the time to nominate someone who goes "Above and Beyond!"   You can nominate a co-worker from any category. The winners will be recognized at the annual AASD Summerfest on June 14, 2019.

    The following link will lead you to the nomination form. Nominations are due by April 30, 2018. Click below for the link to the form and criteria.  


  • 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 2019-20 school year, please complete and submit the application no later than April 30, 2019.  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 14, 2019. 
    The following link will lead you to the nomination form. Nominations are due by April 30, 2019. Click below for the link to the form.


  • ACSA HONORING OUR OWN ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS FOR ACSA REGION 18 (SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES).  Please join AASD in congratulating Colonel Tim Swann, Program Manager, JROTC, for being selected as the ACSA Administrator of the Year for Career Technical Education and Pat Crowder, Retired SDUSD Principal, for being selected as the ACSA Retired Administrator of the Year.  Colonel Swann and Mrs. Crowder will be honored at the Honoring Our Own Dinner/Awards event on May 11, 2019.  More information will be forthcoming about the event in a future AASD Weekly Update.  Congratulations, Tim Swann and Pat Crowder!  Well-deserved! 
  • 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, Marci 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 .   

  • 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 in February, 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 five 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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