AASD Weekly Update 12-16-2021

    Full Contract Bargaining.  The AASD bargaining teams met with the District yesterday December 15.  AASD presented a proposal on a new article for the certificated contract that addresses the summer programs including staffing and compensation.  Remember, this is a PROPOSAL.  There is no response yet from the District and no tentative agreement between the parties.  AASD feels strongly that our certificated members must be fairly compensated for the work.  Please click below to see AASD’s proposal.  AASD is scheduled to meet with the District again on January 6.  However, the district will not have an opportunity to share our proposal with Board of Education members prior to that date so we may not have any additional information to share. 

     AASD reached a tentative agreement with the district on a sideletter regarding a 4/10 work schedule for School Police AASD Bargaining Unit Members.  Click below for the agreement.  Thank you to Sergeant Montana for his work on this.

    Thank you to the AASD Bargaining Teams for your work:
    Certificated Bargaining Team:
    Donis Coronel, Chief Negotiator
    Patti Burch, Official Notetaker
    Scott Thomason, Bargaining Chair
    Jason Babineau
    Heather Harris
    Jonathan McDade
    Lauren Robinson
    Niecy Watkins
    Classified Bargaining Team:
    Donis Coronel, Chief Negotiator
    Patti Burch, Official Notetaker
    Jesus Montana, Bargaining Chair
    Bill Cheney
    Bryan Ehm
    Brian Kenworthy
    Ivan Martinez
    Lumumba Mushonga

     AASD reached a tentative agreement with the district on a sideletter regarding a 4/10 work schedule for School Police AASD Bargaining Unit Members.  Click below for the agreement.  Thank you to Sergeant Montana for his work on this. 

  • AASD LEGISLATIVE AND POLITICAL AFFAIRS (LAPA) COMMITTEE WANTS TO HEAR FROM AASD MEMBERS.  The LAPA Committee, Co-Chaired by Nina Dixon-Mauricia and Marci Lammey, will be meeting soon with candidates for school board and then making recommendations for endorsements to the AASD Board of Directors.  Please complete the very brief survey by clicking the link below.  This will help the LAPA committee by using your comments and questions as a guide when candidates are interviewed.  Please complete this survey by January 7.   Here is the Google Form
  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE AASD BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  The AASD Board of Directors wishes all AASD Members in Good Standing, Affiliate Members and Retired Members a happy holiday season.  Please enjoy your time off work with your family and friends.  The AASD office will be closed during the two week winter break.  For urgent matters, please contact AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, by e-mail donis@aasdcs.org or by cell phone 619-813-8792.  The office will reopen on January 3.
  • JIM COSTELLO, AASD OFFICE/MEMBERSHIP CLERK IS RETIRING!  Please join us in wishing Jim Costello a happy, healthy and joyful retirement.  Jim joined AASD 5 ½ years ago after retiring from BF Goodrich.  Jim has been wonderful to work with and a true supporter of our members and our retirees and we will miss him.  While we are in the process of filling Jim’s position, he has agreed to work remotely on the memberships tasks and for that we are grateful.  At the December 15 AASD Board of Directors meeting, Jim was presented by the Board with the traditional AASD retirement clock and a nice gift.  Congratulations, Jim!  We appreciate all you have done for us here at AASD.  Happy Retirement!
  • DO YOU HAVE STUDENT LOANS?  A STORY FROM A PRINCIPAL IN SDUSD.  AASD received the following from one of our members.  We are not advocating that this will work for everyone but who knows?  It may be worth a try if you have student loan debt! 
    From a Principal:  “I’m not sure what you can do with this but I thought I’d tell you as it might help others.   Under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program with FEDLOAN I have been denied forgiveness for several reasons. One was I was not on an income based plan but a fixed amount and refused to get on a IC plan. It would of cost me up to 1200 a month. I figured I would just have to pay $500 like a mortgage every single month forever.  Biden then came out in October the Temporary Public Service Loan Forgiveness plan. It says you have one year to apply. However I believe it’s a trick because FedLoan is dumping loans to private lenders to avoid forgiving anything in January. We have been notified of this extensively for months…once privatized they can charge whatever interest they want and they aren’t forgiven.  I decided to apply asap and “make them tell me no AGAIN” I knew I didn’t meet one of the requirements or I thought I didn’t. I hoped they would review my application in time for January before it went private.  They got back to me on Friday - seven weeks after I applied. They forgave ALL of my loans. $80,000. Not a typo.  I am now debt free!  Here is the link to everything Administrators need to do to apply. I say all should apply and let them tell you no. The application is easy.  It was a huge relief. I felt like I won the lottery.  Administrators deserve what we were promised all those years ago which was forgiveness.”


    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). 

    AASD-Represented CERTIFICATED Job Postings 
    None at this time.

    AASD-Represented CLASSIFIED Job Postings
    Operations Auditor (positions), Closes 1/03
    When members wish to show their gratitude for other district staff, please use this Google Form and AASD will publish that message of gratitude in the next Weekly Update.

    From Jim Costello, AASD Staff
    As I complete my last official weekly update moving into retirement, I want to express my thanks and gratitude to all our members for making my five and a half years at AASD a pleasure. I give special thanks to the Board of Directors and Executive Board for welcoming me into the AASD family. I simply can’t say enough about working with Linda Crout-Hamel and Donis Coronel. As a small team we worked together to complete many tasks; managed committee meetings, held many educational and social events, supported our members with a smile and especially enjoyed each other’s company. I will truly miss seeing them in the office on a regular basis, however our friendship will long continue.
    Cheers! Jim


    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.

    The AASD Office is open with health and safety measures in place.  Office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Thursday.  Staff will be working remotely on Fridays.  We ask that you call the office before visiting to ensure staff are not offsite at an appointment, running work-related errands or at lunch.  Also, if visitors are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a face mask when visiting the office.  To check in before visiting, the office phone number is 619-295-2118.
    The AASD Weekly Update will continue as usual on Thursdays with important news and information for AASD members. 

    The Google Form created during the pandemic is a great tool for members to share any questions or concerns and will remain active.  Please share your questions and/or concerns regarding any issues you would like AASD to follow up on.  Please be specific.  AASD will then obtain answers to the questions or concerns which will be published in the Weekly Update.  Members may also show their gratitude for other district staff in this Google Form and AASD will publish that message of gratitude.

    The link to share issues/questions/concerns/gratitude is:

  • MEMBERSHIP IN THE ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (ACSA).  There are two promotional applications starting this year. 
    • $2 a day for Regular ACSA memberships.
    • $1 a day for districts with management team dues.  Click here for the application.

      You will notice that on this new application form (in section 5), there are two options that will be in play starting this year…standard regular OR consolidated charter dues. The attached application would be used for SDUSD members. The SDUSD members fall in the Select Union category and will be eligible for the $1/day ACSA Memberships without the legal support or they can choose to do a Regular Membership with full legal support. 

  • 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 $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 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.

    Placing and fulfilling an order can be done via phone, email and U.S. mail.  Please contact Linda Crout-Hamel
    linda@aasdcs.org at the AASD Office if you are interested.

  • IMPORTANT - PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS.  AASD communicates with members via  personal e-mail address.  We do not communicate via "sandi.net."  If you know of a colleague that is not receiving the Update, or if your personal email address changes, please remember to notify AASD by e-mailing our Office Clerk, Jim Costello, at Jim@aasdcs.org. 
    AFSA membership is provided to all AASD Members in Good Standing at no additional cost. For more information regarding AFSA and Union Plus benefits, please visit their website:  https://www.theschoolleader.org/

    IMPORTANTFor Members in Good Standing and Affiliate Members who have added AFSA  --  If you have not turned in the “Combined AFSA Benefits Information Form,” please submit the form immediately.  This form must be submitted in order to be eligible for the professional liability, legal services, etc.  You do not need to list your full social security number on the form; however, AFSA has requested that you provide at least the last four digits.  For a copy of the form, click here

    For all our Members in Good Standing, and Affiliates and Retirees who have selected to be members of AFSA, there are many money-saving programs offered to you.  Click here to review your many options!
  • IMPORTANT – ELECTRONIC LINK AVAILABLE!  FILL OUT YOUR AASD MEMBERSHIP 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 year – 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 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 has a 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 19th 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.
  • 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".  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. 

    The Benefits Portal - In addition to discounts and specials, BenefitHub also offers CASH BACK on some products and services!  Get to know the benefit portal by visiting the BenefitHub website.  The site is very user friendly.  It is easy to do a search under various headings and categories, including Newest, Most Popular, Local Deals, Health and Wellness and Pay Over Time,  just to name a few.  

    Benefit Hub Service - Gift Card Outlet - Save up to 15% on gift cards from over 70 popular merchants.  The NEW Gift Card Outlet is in the Discount Marketplace.

    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.

  • AASD Contact Information ON REMOTE WORKING DAYS:
    Executive Director, Donis Coronel -- donis@aasdcs.org   619-813-8792
    Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel -- linda@aasdcs.org   619-861-2701
    Office Clerk, Jim Costello -- jim@aasdcs.org



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