AASD Weekly Update 3/03/2022

  • 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, then 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, then 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 with Human Resources where the notification will be made (as well as the letter being mailed).   For Vice Principals and Central Office Certificated Managers, SDUSD has decided that everyone receives the March 15 Notification via US mail; however, those who truly are in jeopardy of reassignment to a teaching position will be noticed at a meeting with Human Resources where the notification will be made.  An AASD representative will be present at any meeting with Human Resources. 

    For additional information, please contact AASD Executive Director Donis Coronel at

  • AASD DISTINGUISHED LEADER AWARDS.  Each year, AASD honors a number of members as AASD Distinguished Leaders. Please consider nominating a colleague for this award. We have wonderful co-workers throughout our AASD bargaining unit and in our retiree ranks who are worthy of recognition.  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 colleague from any category. The winners will be recognized in June at our annual Summerfest Celebration on June 17, 2022.  We anticipate this will be an “in-person” event.

    The following link will lead you to the nomination form. Nominations are due by April 29, 2022. Click below for the link to the form and criteria.  

  • ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS/VICE PRINCIPALS – COULD YOUR TK/KINDERS BENEFIT FROM AASD'S HOMEWORK KITS?  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 (or schools) with a wonderful homework kit full of school supplies.  AASD has been unable to hold our fundraising events due to COVID; however, monies have been set aside to fund this wonderful opportunity.
    If you would like your elementary site to be considered for the Homework Kits for the opening of the 2022-23 school year, please complete and submit the application no later than April 29, 2022.  The AASD Member Relations Committee will review the applications and select the school(s) to receive the Homework Kits.  The lucky school(s) will be announced in the beginning of June. The following link will lead you to the form for consideration. Forms are due by April 29, 2022. Click below for the link to the form.


  • AASD IS AWARDING $1000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO CHILDREN OF OUR AASD MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING. The AASD Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that children (including stepchildren) of AASD Members in Good Standing, AASD Retired Members and AASD Affiliate Members who are graduating seniors this year are eligible for AASD scholarships to be used towards higher education.  The AASD Scholarship Program is funded by dues from AASD Retired Members and from funds raised via fundraising and interest earned on our AASD investment account.  AASD is happy to announce an increase this year from $750 per student to $1000 per student.  All students who apply and are qualified will receive a $1000 scholarship.  The application submission deadline is April 29, 2022.  Please click the link below for information on how to apply and for the application.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Please mail the application and required essay to the AASD office via U.S. mail or scan and e-mail it to
    donis@aasdcs.org by the deadline. 

    Click here for the application.
    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 
    Vice Principal, MTM Middle, Closes 3/10
    Principal, Longfellow K-8, Closes 3/10
    Vice Principal, San Diego High, Closes 3/10
    Vice Principal, Logan Memorial Educational Complex, Closes 3/10


    AASD-Represented CLASSIFIED Job Postings
    Building Services Supervisor III, Closes 3/16
    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.
    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.
  • IMPORTANT BARGAINING UPDATE -- CERTIFICATED BARGAINING INFORMATION.  Last week, the District and AASD tentatively agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for AASD certificated members regarding the Summer Programs.  There are significant changes for Vice Principals and Instructional Coordinators (who are assigned to a school site) in this MOU.  This does not affect Instructional Coordinators assigned to central office. 
    As you may recall, as reported in the December Weekly Update, AASD submitted a proposal in December for compensation for Principals, Vice Principals and Instructional Coordinators for working the summer program.
    The District responded to the AASD proposal in February.  The District’s counterproposal included a significant change in work year (number of workdays) for all Vice Principals, as well as including the summer program administrator role as a permanent job duty for all Vice Principals and all school-based Instructional Coordinators.  The counterproposal also included a change of job title for Vice Principals to “Associate Principal.”  While AASD was surprised by this counterproposal, it is important for our members to understand that the District has the right to unilaterally increase the work year of any employee without bargaining.  The union has the right to bargain “impacts and effects” of such decision.  In the MOU, you will see that AASD did bargain impacts and effects for the implementation of this work year increase and the addition of the summer program site administrator duties.  Additionally, an increase in work year for Vice Principals has been advocated for by Principals for many years.  AASD has, in the past, attempted to bargain an increased work year for Vice Principals, but has not been successful.
    With that being said, the parties have reached a tentative agreement and have signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The AASD Executive Board has approved the MOU and it will now go to the Board of Education for ratification.  Click the link for a copy of the
    Many of our Vice Principals currently work the summer programs so the increase in the work year will not have as much of an impact as it will on those who currently opt not to work past their 193-day work year.  The increase in work year will most definitely have a positive impact on annual earnings reported to CalSTRS and will increase the highest year of earnings for Vice Principals when they retire.
    AASD understands this is a surprising and significant change for current Vice Principals and school-based Instructional Coordinators.  We anticipate our AASD members will have questions

    AASD has scheduled two Zoom meetings for current Vice Principals and school-based Instructional Coordinators.  The purpose of these meetings is for AASD members to ask questions and receive information regarding these significant changes.  These meetings are for AASD Members in Good Standing only.
    AASD Meeting for VP/IC’s Regarding MOU, Monday, March 7, 4:00 to 5:00 PM
    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 879 7754 8872
    Passcode: 108593

    AASD Meeting for VP/IC’s Regarding MOU, Wednesday, March 9, 3:30 to 4:30 PM
    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 818 1354 8481
    Passcode: 338908

    Overview of the MOU:
    Principals will no longer be assigned as the summer program site administrator at their site or any other site.  This is effective immediately.  This change allows the Principals to focus on other assigned duties and removes the Principal from being the summer program site administrator.  This change is effective for the upcoming 2022 summer programs.  There will be information forthcoming from Human Resources regarding this change.
    The title of Vice Principal will be abolished, and all current Vice Principals will assume the title of Associate Principal effective July 1, 2022.  As a side note, the title Vice Principal is outdated throughout the nation.  Most other Districts have changed the title to either Associate Principal or Assistant Principal, both known as AP’s.
    Effective July 1, 2022, the work year of all Associate Principals will be increased from 193 days to 219 for Elementary/K-8/Middle and 228 for High School/Atypical.  This change equals the work year of the Principal.  Along with the increase in work year, all Associate Principals will automatically move to 12-pay (12 equal paychecks) beginning July 2022.  The increased work year will result in increased salary for the additional days on calendar.  This change will result in an increase in annual earnings, which will mean an increase in compensation reported to CalSTRS and will positively affect the “highest year of earnings” with CalSTRS when the AASD member retires.
    The job description for Vice Principal and Instructional Coordinator is being amended to add the duties of “site administrator” for the Summer Programs. 
    Effective July 1, 2022, all Associate Principals and school-based Instructional Coordinators will be assigned the duty of site administrator for the summer program.  For 2022 only, those Associate Principals and school-based Instructional Coordinators who do not wish to work as the site administrator for the summer program will have the option of using available leave to opt out for Summer 2022 only.  Associate Principals who opt out for summer 2022 may use accrued PPI days and/or accrued Personal Necessity days.  School-based Instructional Coordinators who opt out for summer 2022 may use accrued vacation days, PPI days and/or Personal Necessity days.  Those Associate Principals and school-based Instructional Coordinators who do not opt out will be assigned as the site administrator for a summer program and will, for 2022 only, be paid pro rata for the days worked after their work year ends in June (as the increase in work year does not begin until July 1).
    The order of assignment for selecting the site administrator has been bargained.  See the MOU for the order of staffing the site administrator assignments.  If there are more Associate Principals and school-based Instructional Coordinators than available summer assignments, Human Resources may elect to assign more than one site administrator to the larger sites or use those not assigned as a “floater” to fill in for absences, etc.  All Associate Principals and school-based Instructional Coordinators will receive an assignment unless they opt out for 2022.
    AASD anticipates that members will have additional questions.  Please plan to attend one of the AASD Zoom meetings on March 7 or March 9.

    Thank you to those AASD members in central office who continue to support our school sites during this state of emergency.  You are appreciated!  Members have reached out to AASD with a request that they be eligible for overtime pay (same as principals and vice principals) via the available COVID funds.  This would be for those who are deployed to a school site and then are doing their “regular” assignment in the evening and on weekends.  AASD is still working with the District on this matter and expects to have this resolved very soon.  For those who are deployed, or were deployed, please keep track of hours you are working outside of your normal workday and/or on weekends.  AASD hopes to have this resolved quickly.

  • SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF AASD MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING AND CHILDREN OF AFFILIATE MEMBERS WHO HAVE AFSA.  Check out the following scholarship opportunities for children of AASD members:
    • $2500 AFSA/Diann Woodard Scholarship.  AFSA awards five one-time $2500 scholarships to graduating seniors of members each year based on academic excellence, passion for volunteerism and display of exceptional work ethic.  Students who apply must clearly express their goals for the future and appropriately tie those goals to their higher education aspirations.  The online application process is now open and the deadline is March 31, 2022.  To apply, visit 
  • NORTH ISLAND CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIPSNorth Island Credit Union will award 10 students with a scholarship of $1000 each.  High school seniors and community college students transferring to a four-year university who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 are eligible to participate. Selection criteria include academic performance, school or community involvement, a letter of recommendation, and an essay submission.  Applications are available through Friday, April  8, 2022.   
    Link to the Scholarship Program flyer
    Link to information and application

    Tired of cooking?  Not comfortable eating out in restaurants?  At the request of their customers, Ranch Events is returning to providing family meals starting Monday, January 17.  Family meals will be available for purchase Sunday-Thursday until further notice.  Meals must be pre-ordered online and picked up at the Scottish Rite Center (Mission Valley) between 3pm and 6pm.  Many of our AASD members enjoyed the meals during the 2020-2021 year.  The meals are very good and are very reasonably priced.  To view the menu and/or order, click the link: 

    AASD has had a great relationship with Ranch Events for years.  They cater many of our social events.  This family meal service allows Ranch Events to keep their staff employed as many catering events are being canceled.

  • AASD LOGO WEAR.  Did you know AASD has professional AASD logo wear perfect for wearing to work?  We do!  We have Polo Shirts in styles for both men and women.  We also have denim shirts for men and women, and a V-neck T-Shirt for women.  And we even have ball caps!  If you are interested, contact AASD Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel, via e-mail linda@aasdcs.org or at the office 619-295-2118.  The logo wear is very reasonably-priced.  Payment can be taken over the phone (for debit/credit card) or a check can be mailed to the office.  The logo wear can then be mailed or delivered to you.  Look sharp wearing your AASD logo wear!  Represent!
    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 Linda Crout-Hamel at linda@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 ARE 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.
  • 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 (Retired), Jim Costello -- jim@aasdcs.org  (Membership inquiries only)


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