AASD Weekly Update 5/26/2022

  • AASD GRIEVES WITH THE FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY OF UVALDE, TEXAS.  As school district principals, associate principals, and other managers/supervisors, our lives are impacted when there is yet another school shooting.  As the details of this tragedy unfold, our hearts go out to the families who have lost children and adults in this massacre, to the staff and children who were present during the attack and who will never be the same, and to the community of Uvalde who has been turned upside down by this crisis.  The two teachers who lost their lives are truly heroes and those beautiful children are lives lost way too soon.  Below is an article from the Union Tribune regarding the prevention of school violence. 
    For all SDUSD school district employees and their families and retirees:  In light of the Uvalde Texas Shooting, Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all people impacted. This help line will be open for two weeks to provide those affected access to specially-trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-447-3573, is available Monday through Friday 8 am – 8pm CST. This service is free of charge and open to anyone.

    Congratulations to the following AASD Board of Directors members who have been elected for a two-year term.
    Associate Principal Representative:  Jennifer Nash
    BSS III/POS Representative:  Troy Hickey
    Classified Manager Representative:  Samantha Clabaugh
    Classified Supervisor Representative:  Paula Hamar
    Elementary Principal Representative:  Irene Hightower
    Health and Welfare Committee:  John Aguilar and Phil Baertschi
    Legislative and Political Affairs Committee Co-Chairs:  Nina Dixon-Mauricia and Marci Lammey
    Member Relations Committee Co-Chairs:  Susan Kent and Maria Moore-Flagg, Retired
    Middle Level Principal Representative:  Jamey Jaramillo
    Police Management Association President:  Jesus Montana
    Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs:  Mario Garcia and Julie Garcia
    Retiree Network Co-Chairs:  Maria Moore-Flagg and Bob Raines
    Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs:  Veronica Ortega and Sharon Rubalcava
    The AASD Board of Directors Members who will continue to serve the 2nd year of their term are:
    President, Jolie Pickett
    Past President, Juan Romo (retiring September 7)
    Vice President-Certificated, Scott Thomason
    Vice President- Classified, Jeff Thomas
    Secretary/Treasurer, Gina Camacho-McGrath
    Associate Principal Representative, Robin Peters
    Central Office Certificated Representative, Dean Darley
    Classified Manager Representative, Jennifer Marrone
    Classified Supervisor Representative, Jonel “Shortie” Smith
    Elementary Principal Representative, Shannon Bussey
    Food Services Area Supervisor/Supervisor Representative, Cristine Holmer
    Health and Welfare Committee Representatives (Appointed), Donis Coronel and Bob Raines
    School Police Representative, Deanna Laramore
    Senior High Principal Representative, Cynthia Larkin
    AASD thanks Maria Gomez (Principal, Penn Elementary) and Precious Jackson-Hubbard (Principal, Bell Middle), who are transitioning off the Board, for their dedication and service to AASD.  We appreciate you!  In addition, our Past President, Juan Romo (Principal, Emerson Elementary) will be retiring September 7 and will transition off the Board at that time.

  • SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 15 CHILDREN OF OUR AASD MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING AND AFFILIATE MEMBERS. The  AASD Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that 15 children of our Members in Good Standing and Affiliate Members have been awarded $1,000 scholarships towards higher education.  Scholarships are funded by dues from AASD Retired Membership, fundraising, and the interest earned on the AASD investment account.  The scholarship awardees receiving $1,000 each for 2022 are:
    Jordan Guisti, son of Scott Guisti, AASD Member in Good Standing
    Dario S. Gutierrez, son of Dario M. Guitierrez, AASD Member in Good Standing
    Charles Hazel, son of Monika Hazel, AASD Affiliate Member
    Katie Huslin, step-daughter of Dianne Huslin, AASD Affiliate Member
    Jack Johnson, son of Mary Johnson, AASD Member in Good Standing
    Justin Lemmon, son of Brandon Lemmon, AASD Member in Good Standing
    Madison McGrath, daughter of Gina Camacho-McGrath, AASD Member in Good Standing
    Karen Meave, daughter of Ruben Meave, AASD Member in Good Standing
    Lilian Montemayor, daughter of Pia Reyes-Montemayor, Member in Good Standing
    Lelah Munyer, daughter of Alicia Rolfe, AASD Affiliate Member
    Atsede Ruth Phillips, daughter of Justin Phillips, AASD Member in Good Standing
    Delia Schultz, daughter of Marisol Marin, AASD Member in Good Standing
    Matthew Spry, son of Brian Spry, AASD Affiliate Member
    Jonah Stepner, son of Josh and Shannon Stepner, AASD Members in Good Standing                                   
    Nicole Swallow, daughter of Patricia Swallow, AASD Affiliate Member

    CONGRATULATIONS to all of these wonderful graduating seniors!  And thank you to the AASD Scholarship Committee for your dedication:  Veronica Ortega and Sharon Rubalcava (co-chairs), Troy Hickey, Jeff Sabins, Lisa Sheldon, Jonel “Shortie” Smith and Carmi Strom, and AASD Staff Donis Coronel and Linda Crout-Hamel.  And a special thank you to AASD Board of Directors member Samantha Clabaugh for helping this year by being a scholarship presenter.
    The AASD Scholarships are partially funded by fundraising done by the AASD Scholarship Committee.  During the COVID shutdown, the committee was unable to hold their fundraising event in 2020, 2021 or 2022.  Plans are in place for the AASD Scholarship Committee “Casino Night” Fundraiser in April 2023!  Stay tuned!

  • IT'S TIME TO RSVP FOR AASD'S SUMMERFEST.  DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS JUNE 6!  AASD’s Member Relations Committee is happy to announce that AASD’s Annual Summerfest celebration is back!  Traditionally (minus the COVID years), AASD holds its annual Summerfest celebration at the end of the school year to recognize our AASD Distinguished Leaders and new Retirees, and to celebrate all of our members!  The event is free for all AASD Members in Good Standing, Retired Members and Affiliate Members.  Summerfest 2022 will be June 17 at 5pm at Marina Village in the Baja Room.  The theme is “Aloha Friday," so dress casually in your favorite Aloha shirt!  Complimentary beverages, appetizers, dinner, dessert, music, dancing, door prizes, and a whole lot of FUN will be provided!  The flyer and information on how to RSVP should have arrived at your mailing address.  Don’t miss out!  RSVP IS NECESSARY - DON'T DELAY!  Aloha!
    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 
    Program Manager, Biliteracy and English Learner Support, Closes 6/03
    Associate Principal, Dana School, Closes 6/10
    Principal, Madison High, Re-Post, Closes 6/10
    Principal, Torrey Pines Elementary, Re-Post, Closes 6/10


    AASD-Represented CLASSIFIED Job Postings
    Information Services Specialist, Communications Department, Closes 6/08

    When members wish to show their gratitude for other district staff, please contact Donis Coronel at  donis@aasdcs.org 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.

    It is with great sorrow that AASD has learned about the death of Henry Hurley, who retired in 2002 as the District’s Chief Administrative Officer and was formerly Budget Director and Controller.  Henry was an icon in school finance. Henry was with his partner and wife, Mary Louise Martin (retired SDUSD Principal), for 45 years.  They retired to Henderson, NV.  Click below for the obituary that was published May 22 in the San Diego Union Tribune.

    Services are being planned in San Diego in July.  More information will be forthcoming.

    Tired of cooking?  Not comfortable eating out in restaurants?  At the request of their customers, Ranch Events brought back their family meals program.  Family meals are 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:  https://mdp-catering-events-inc.square.site/   

    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.  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. 
  • 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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