AASD Weekly Update 11/10/2022

  • VETERANS DAY 2022.  To all those who have served or have family members or loved ones who have served or are currently serving, Happy Veterans Day and thank you greatly for your service.  Your dedication and commitment to our Country is valued and appreciated. 

    The UASC/AASD Office will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
  • AASD MEETING WITH DISTRICT LEADERSHIP REGARDING E3.  On November 3, AASD representatives met with Dr. Jackson, Dr. Bagula, and other District Executive Leadership, as well as the E3 department leaders, Marisol Marin and Maria Gomez, to share AASD members' concerns about how labor intensive the E3 process is and to provide suggestions for improvement.  AASD made it clear that we support E3, but we have concerns in the following areas:  AASD representatives would like to be more involved in the planning of E3 professional development; to see an actual workflow chart for E3; AASD would like clarity on which components of the system are necessary and which ones could be optional or turned off; and lastly, we discussed sustainability.  The District leaders were grateful for our input and will move forward involving AASD much more in the design and process. 

    Thank you to the following AASD representatives who attended the meeting:  Scott Irwin, Michelle Cain, Mechale Murphy, Heather Harris, Dean Darley, Fred Hilgers, Melanie Kray and Donis Coronel.  These AASD representatives were involved in planning for the meeting but were unable to attend:  Lindsay Michalisyn, Alexis Conerty and Andrea Vinson.
  • AASD WORKLOAD WORK GROUP MEETS WITH DISTRICT LEADERSHIP.  On November 1, 2022, AASD representatives met with Dr. Bagula and other District Executive Leadership to share the results of the recent AASD Workload Survey that all Principals, Associate Principals and Central Office Managers had the opportunity to complete in October.  Many issues were discussed, and the District appreciated the information and suggestions to mitigate workload.  The District has committed to continue to review the survey and to consider the suggestions presented.  It was a productive meeting.  Here is a copy of the survey results.  AASD Workload Survey Final
    Thank you to the AASD representatives on the Workload Work Group:  Donis Coronel, Lindsay Burningham, Fred Hilgers, Cameron Hord, Kristi Hunter-Clark, Jennifer Nash, Heather Potter, Carly Romero, Jessie Salas and Michelle Spence,

  • UNION PLUS DISCOUNTS ON RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING.  If you are an AASD Member in Good Standing or an Affiliate/Retired Member with AFSA benefits, there are MANY discounts available to you through Union Plus,  including restaurants and shopping.  Check it out!  https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/shopping-discounts/restaurants
  • AASD-ENDORSED SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES WIN SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.  The AASD Board of Directors endorsed both Shana Hazen and Cody Petterson who were selected by San Diego voters to join the SDUSD Board of Education.  AASD welcomes Ms. Hazen and Mr. Petterson to their new roles and looks forward to working with them both.
  • OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH INSURANCE AND FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS IS HERE!  Open Enrollment is October 17 through November 14.  For information, visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/departments/benefits/2023_open_enrollment
  • BARGAINING UPDATE.  The bargaining teams are scheduled to meet on December 7. 
  • AASD WINTER HOLIDAY PARTY – December 9, 2022.  RSVP now for the Winter Holiday Party - Friday, December 9, 2022, 5:00-10:00 PM at Marina Village, Baja Room.  This event is FREE for all AASD Members - Members in Good Standing, Retired Members and Affiliate Members. 
    We are trying something new this year.  For the first time ever, we have planned a plated, sit-down dinner!  We will also be taking the required RSVP electronically, via Google docs.
    • RSVPs are due by November 29.
    • Members/guests will not be required to provide a deposit this year.
    • Payment of $75 for Guests is required in advance and is due by November 29.
  • Please click the link below to RSVP and to make your selection for dinner.  You will select ONE of the following four options:
    • 1. Braised Short Ribs
    • 2. Grilled Salmon w/Brown Sugar Ginger Soy Sauce
    • 3. Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce
    • 4. Portobello Mushroom Wellington (Vegetarian option)
  • All dinners include Poached Pear and Cranberry Salad, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Napoleon (scalloped) Potatoes.  Assorted Mini Desserts will be served.  The included beverages are coffee, iced tea, lemonade, assorted sodas, beer, and wine.
    Click HERE to RSVP.
    Come join your AASD colleagues and friends for a great time!  The evening will include music with a DJ, souvenir photos from the photo booth, and many door prizes!  For more detailed information, click here for the party flyer.

  • AASD SUPPORTS OUR MEMBERS.  Read below for an example of how AASD serves our members.

    AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, attended the New Employee Orientation and was able to provide support and answer questions from employees new to the District and new to AASD.  It was wonderful to meet our new members, and Human Resources did a very nice job with the revamped New Employee Orientation.

    This is an example of the work AASD does to support our members.  If you need assistance from AASD, please contact the office at 619-295-2118 or e-mail the Executive Director, Donis Coronel, at

    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 

    Associate Principal, Knox Middle, Closes 11/10
    Principal, Hoover High, Re-Post, Closes 11/10
    Associate Principal, Logan Memorial Ed Complex, Closes 11/10
    Associate Principal, Clairemont High, Closes 11/10
    Associate Principal, Longfellow, Closes 11/10
    Program Manager, Special Education, Closes 11/20


    AASD-Represented CLASSIFIED Job Postings
    Manager, Charter Schools, Closes 11/13
    Program Manager, Program Monitoring (Charter Schools Office), Closes 11/13
    Food Services Business Operations Supervisor, Closes 11/22

    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.

  • ESTATE PLANNING – DISCOUNT FOR AASD MEMBERS!  AASD has a partnership with Greg Runge, Estate Planning Attorney.  Greg has over 10 years of experience practicing in the areas of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives.  He has been providing this service to our members for many years.  In addition to his legal work, Greg is also a Lieutenant with a local police department, where he is in his 22nd 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 has been 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).  However, for the first time since he began working with AASD members, the discounted rate is being increased from $750 to $950.  Please see Greg’s note on how to lock in the “old” discounted rate:
    “Dear AASD Membership (Members in Good Standing, Affiliate Members and Retired Members).  I will honor the $750 discounted rate through the end of the 2022 year for all members that meet the following criteria:  1) officially "begin the process" before December 31st, 2022.  By this, I mean that the member has reached out to me and has returned the completed estate planning questionnaire to me; and 2) complete the process (sign their documents and pay the fee) by June 30, 2023.  I appreciate your trust in me and your business.  Greg Runge”
    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 Casino Night Fundraiser for Scholarships – March 3, 2023, 6:00 p.m. at Marina Village.   Come and support our AASD Scholarships for children of our members!
    AASD Spring Conference – March 21, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon (breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m.) at Marina Village.  Mandatory for all in the AASD bargaining unit.  All non-represented management and confidential employees and retired members are also invited.

    AASD Summerfest End of the Year Event – June 23, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. at Marina Village.  Free to all AASD Members in Good Standing, Retired Members and Affiliate Members.

    Office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday.  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).  ACSA is a statewide organization for school leaders, serving more than 17,000 California educators and administrators in 19 regions throughout California, each made up of local charters.  ACSA’s Mission:  The Association of California School Administrators is the driving force for an equitable, world-class education system, and the development and support of inspired educational leaders who meet the diverse needs of all California students.  Visit ACSA's website at acsa.org for more information about this organization.

    Deborah Burke is our Region 18 ACSA Membership Services Representative. She is local and your completed membership applications can be sent directly to her. By completing your application and signing it, then scanning and attaching it to an email to Deborah, you will expedite the processing of your application. If you have any questions about ACSA, cost, benefits, opportunities, etc., please reach out to Deborah at
    dburke@acsa.org or at (619) 504-3512.

    The following types of ACSA membership are available, as applicable, to people in San Diego Unified/AASD.  All memberships can be paid by payroll deduction, personal check, or Mastercard/VISA.  The following are descriptions of each type of application.

    Click here for application.
    $1/day ($30.42/month) for remainder of the current school year. Dues are prorated after July 1. Member may choose to be a Regular Member with full benefits or be a Consolidated Member, without legal support, but can contact advocates for limited consultation. Standard dues begin July 1 of their second year of membership.
    ASSOCIATE Membership: (associate on cover – with Business Reply Mail cover)
    $250/year and prorated for new members joining after July 1.  Can be paid by check (full amount), Payroll deduction (3 equal installments of $83.33; not offered after September), or VISA/Mastercard (full payment).  
    Click here for application.
    RETIRED Membership: (2 types)  
    Click here for application.
    Emeritus Lifetime - $700 (a one-time fee). May be paid in (3 equal installments of $233.34 (not offered after September), via Master Card/VISA (full payment), or via a personal (full payment) check.
    Full Regular - $125/year paid via a monthly deduction from member’s STRS pension via a payroll deduction, or Master Card/VISA (full payment), or a personal check (full payment).

    If you wish to use ACSA's online application process to join, click here for the 
    “Steps for Joining ACSA.” 

  • 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.
  • 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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