AASD Weekly Update 05-23-2019

    Summerfest is June 14, 2019, 5-10 pm, Marina Village, BAJA ROOM (new room). Please join us for an "Americana"-themed evening of FUN. This event is free for all Members In Good Standing, Affiliate Members and Retired Members. We will be honoring our Retiring Members and AASD Distinguished Leaders. Please note:  all reservations and deposits are due on or before June 3rd. Due to restrictions by the venue, we are no longer able to accept late reservations. Once our counts are turned in, we cannot modify them.  Please be sure to sign up timely so you don't miss out!!  FLYER ATTACHED

  • AASD BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2019-20.  Please join in congratulating the AASD Board of Directors who have been elected/appointed to serve for 2019-20.  Thank you for your service to AASD.
    AASD Officers
    President:                                         Jolie Pickett, Principal, Garfield High
    Past President:                                 Juan Romo, Principal, Emerson-Bandini Elem.
    Vice President-Classified:                Jeff Thomas, School Site Operations Specialist, 
                                                             Office of School Innovation
    Vice-President-Certificated:             Scott Thomason, Principal, CPMA Middle
    Secretary-Treasurer:                        Peggy Zickert, Program Manager, Program
    AASD Directors, Co-Chairs and Representatives
    Sr. High Principals:                           Jeff Olivero, Principal, University City High
    Middle/K-8 Principals:                       Christina Casillas, Roosevelt Middle
    Elementary Principals:                      Gina Camacho-McGrath, Principal, Fletcher
    Elementary Principals:                      Maria Gomez, Principal, Penn Elementary
    Vice Principals:                                 Jenney Nash, Vice Principal, Muirlands Middle
    Vice Principals:                                 Jon Robell, Vice Principal, Standley Middle
    Central Office Certificated:                Dean Darley, Program Manager, CCTE
    Classified Managers:                        Samantha Clabaugh, Operations Specialist,
                                                              Physical Plant Operations
    Classified Managers:                        Jennifer Marrone, Food Services Business
                                                              Manager, Food Services
    Classified Supervisors:                     Paula Hamar, Supervising Rehabilitation
                                                             Specialist, TRACE
    Classified Supervisors:                     Elizabeth Kramer, Information Services
                                                             Specialist, Communications
    POS/BSS III:                                    Troy Hickey, Building Services Supervisor III,
                                                             Pacific Beach Middle
    Food Services Supv/Area Supv:      Cristine Holmer, Food Services Area Supervisor,
    School Police:                                  Deanna Laramore, Communications Supervisor,
                                                             School Police
    Police Management Assoc.:            Jesus Montana, Sergeant, School Police
    Health and Welfare Rep :                John Aguilar, Principal, Normal Heights Elem.
    Health and Welfare Rep:                 Phil Baertschi, Custodial Services Supervisor,
                                                             Physical Plant Operations
    Professional Development
    Committee, Classified Co-Chair:      Mario Garcia, Translations Supervisor, Special
    Professional Development
    Committee, Certifictd Co-Chair:        Kristin Makena, Program Specialist, Special
    Member Relations Committee,
    Certificated Co-Chair:                       Irene Hightower, Principal, Hancock Elementary
    Member Relations Committee,
    Classified Co-Chair:                          Maria Moore-Flagg, Retired
    Scholarship Committee, 
    Classified Co-Chair:                          Veronica Ortega, Operations Specialist, Office of
                                                              School Innovation
    Scholarship Committee,
    Certificated Co-Chair:                       Stacey Simpson, Vice Principal, Madison High
    AASD Retiree Network
    Co-Chair:                                          Bob Raines (also serves on Health and Welfare 
                                                             Committee as the retiree representative)
    AASD Retiree Network
    Co-Chair:                                         Maria Moore-Flagg, Retired  

    AASD Staff
    Donis Coronel, Executive Director, AASD (Ex-Officio on AASD Board of Directors)
    Linda Crout-Hamel, Office Manager, AASD
    Jim Costello, Office Clerk, AASD

  • 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 AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, at donis@aasdcs.org.   It is a great foot in the door in becoming active with YOUR union!  Please consider joining us on a committee!
    (Typically meets each month, the 1st Wednesday of the month, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the AASD office)
    Co-Chairs:  Kristin Makena (Program Specialist, Special Education) and Mario Garcia, (Supervisor, Special Education Translation Unit)

    This committee plans and executes 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.

    (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, Hancock Elementary) and Maria Moore-Flagg (Retired) 

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

    (Meets in December, February, May and August/September each school year at the AASD office)
    Chair:  Peggy Zickert (AASD Secretary/Treasurer; 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.

    (Typically meets the 4th Monday of the month, typically five times per year, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the AASD office) 
    Co-Chairs:  Veronica Ortega (Operations Specialist, Office of School Innovation) and Stacey Simpson (Vice Principal, Madison High)

    This committee plans fundraisers to benefit the AASD Scholarship Fund, as well as solicits sponsors for the fundraising events.  The committee is also responsible for the scholarship program, approving scholarships and presenting scholarships.

    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.
    Vice Principal, Elementary and K-8, Revised, Closes 6/10
    Program Manager, K-12 Music, Closes 5/27
    Vice Principal, San Diego High - Re-post, Closes 6/10
    Program Manager, Special Education-Low incidence, Closes 5/23


    None at this time.
  • AASD AWARDS $11,250 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO GRADUATING SENIORS!  Congratulations to the graduating seniors of our AASD Members in Good Standing and Retired Member listed below.  Each of the 15 recipients was awarded a $750 scholarship towards continuing education.  Each recipient wrote an essay on “The Ways in Which My Parents Have Helped and Supported Me.”  The essays were amazing, and we have some fantastic parents among us!
    AASD is proud to be able to award these scholarships that are funded by the dues paid by retired members and by funds raised at our annual Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser.  The Scholarship Committee offers to present the scholarship at a school awards ceremony, at the request of the parent/student.  Thank you to the members of the Scholarship Committee, Board of Directors and AASD staff who volunteered to present the scholarships at evening/weekend ceremonies.
    Congratulations to:
    Dylan Darley (son of Dean Darley, Program Manager, CCTE) who is graduating from Granite Hills High and plans on attending San Diego State University
    Kylen Dent (son of Staci Dent, Principal, Horton Elementary) who is graduating from Lincoln High and plans to attend Morehouse College
    Jared Garcia (son of Julie Garcia, Program Manager, Educational Technology) who is graduating from San Diego High and plans to attend San Diego State University
    Emilio Hernandez (son of Fernando Hernandez, Principal, Perkins Elementary) who is graduating from San Diego High and plans to attend the University of California San Diego
    Nicole Higdon (daughter of Deborah Higdon, Program Manager, City Heights Collaborative) who is graduating from Serra High and plans to attend Cal State Fullerton
    Broyles McClure (son of Sandra McClure, Principal, Greene Elementary) who is graduating from Monte Vista High and plans to attend San Diego State University
    Krizel Meave (daughter of Ruben Meave, Custodial Services Supervisor, Physical Plant Operations) who is graduating from Chula Vista High and plans to attend San Diego State University
    Jonathan Montgomery (son of Maria Montgomery, Principal, Dingeman Elementary) who is graduating from Cathedral Catholic High and plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Emily Nicholson (daughter of Mark Nicholson, Specialist, Instrumental Music, VAPA) who is graduating from Westview High School and plans to attend Miramar College
    Tiffany Pham (daughter of Anthony Pham, Vice Principal, Monroe Clark Middle) who is graduating from Patrick Henry High and plans to attend Scripps College
    Jaden Rode (son of Ron Rode, Director, Research and Development) who is graduating from Scripps Ranch High and plans to attend California State Fullerton
    Lilia Ruvalcaba (daughter of Magdalena Ruvalcaba, Principal, Cubberley Elementary) who is graduating from Hoover High and plans to attend Miramar College/California State University San Marcos
    Miles Silva (son of Veronica Maxwell, Principal, Burbank Elementary) who is graduating from Granite Hills High and plans to attend MIT
    Jonathan Ugarte (son of Teresa Jaime, Program Manager, Early Childhood Education) who is graduating from Otay Ranch High and plans to attend the University of California Irvine
    Alyssa Williams (daughter of Tracy Williams, Retired AASD Member) who is graduating from Grossmont High and is planning to attend the University of California Santa Barbara

  • VICE PRINCIPAL JOB POSTING (SHARED POSITIONS) There is a job posted for the Vice Principal positions that are “shared” positions.  For those applying, there is a requirement in the posting to provide information in the cover letter about the school the applicant is applying to.  Since this posting is for many different schools, members have asked how to answer the question.  Per Chief Human Resources Officer, Acacia Thede, the applicant may answer the question “generically” since the candidate is applying for a number of schools.

  • AASD DISTINGUISHED LEADERS FOR 2018-19.  Congratulations to the following AASD members who have been selected as AASD Distinguished Leaders for 2018-19.  These awards are given to those who were nominated by colleagues for their exemplary service to SDUSD and/or AASD, their dedication to students and the educational process and their volunteerism.  They will be honored at the June 14 Summerfest event.
    2018-19 Distinguished Leaders:
    Cindy Allen, Administrative Support, ACSA Region 18 – Special Recognition
    Bridgette Brunetto, Confidential Administrative Assistant II, Labor Relations – Special Recognition
    Kathy Burns, Principal, Gage Elementary -- Elementary Principal
    Michel Cazary, Principal, Spreckels Elementary --  Elementary Principal
    Jaime (Jim) Felix, Transportation Budget Supervisor -- Classified Supervisor
    Brian Kenworthy, Operations Specialist, Charter School Office -- Classified Manager
    Sherwin Laroya, Food Services Area Supervisor, Montgomery Middle --  Food Services
    Thom Lutz, Building Services Supervisor III, CPMA Middle --  BSS III/POS
    Maria Moore-Flagg --  Retiree Network
    Jeff Palovich, Building Services Supervisor III, Hancock Elementary -- BSS III/POS
    Jolie Pickett, Principal, Garfield High -- High School Principal
    Heather Potter, Principal, Knox Middle School -- Middle Level Principal
    Karina Reyes, Vice Principal, Roosevelt Middle -- Vice Principal

  • 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.

  • DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE VEBA RESOURCE CENTER HEALTHY REBOOT?     The VEBA Resource Center was designed to help VEBA members (employees, retirees and their dependents) manage their well-being through a wide range of programs and services.  This is a free service for all VEBA members and childcare is provided upon request.  Many AASD members have attended and the feedback has been very positive.  Click here  for more information and dates. 
    The purpose of the Cal Coast Cares Foundation Educator Grants is to provide teachers in K-12 public and private charter schools, community and state colleges/universities in San Diego County and Riverside Counties with monetary support for classroom projects in teaching any of the STREAM fields (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math). For more information and to apply, click below.

  • 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 .   
  • 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  f or 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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