HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM YOUR AASD BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The AASD Board of Directors wishes all Members in Good Standing, Retired Members, and Affiliate Members a great start to 2023. A new year is a fresh start for a new day in life. Allow this New Year to bring you more opportunities for a happy life. Have a beautiful new year!
AASD’S SCHOOL SITE CLERICAL FORMULA RECOMMENDATIONS. As reported in the December 8 AASD Weekly Update, AASD presented Dr. Jackson with our recommendation for returning to a clerical formula at school sites. A focus group of AASD members provided input into the recommendation. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Bagula have committed to AASD to review our recommendation and begin the process of working towards the restoration of the clerical formula. This is no easy task and there are bargaining implications with our CSEA labor partners. AASD has asked to be a part of the process going forward as our recommendation is discussed. Implementation will take time. AASD is sharing with our members the recommendation that we put forward to the Superintendent (link below). This is AASD’s recommendation only. It is not a “done deal.” No changes are occurring at this time. AASD’s Clerical Formula Recommendations
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATING SENIOR CHILDREN OF MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (AFSA). All AASD Members in Good Standing and Affiliate/Retired AASD Members with AFSA are members of AFSA, and their graduating senior children or stepchildren are eligible to apply for one of the five (5) $2,500 AFSA scholarships. For your information, AASD is Local 134 under AFSA. In the past, the daughter of our member Marisol Marin and the son of our member Brian Spry were both awarded scholarships from AFSA! The deadline to apply is March 3, 2023. For additional information including the application process, click the link below. https://afsascholarshipapplication.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/AFSA-2023-Diann-Woodard-Scholarship-Application-Instructions.pdf
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ALL GRADUATING SENIORS FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (ASCA).Region 18 of ACSA and the SD County Schools Boards Association are offering ten (10) $1,000 scholarships as a result of donations made by both organizations and business partners. The scholarships provide an award for ten high school seniors who meet with following criteria: 1) are pursuing a career in education as a teacher or other certificated employee, 2) attend high school in the San Diego/Imperial Counties area, 3) show proven academic success with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, 4) are involved in community service, and 5) who may not necessarily qualify for other financial aid. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2023, by 4:30 p.m.
Download the Application from this Google Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J3Kvsmty9B1L9wC3c1vwIWpEZrp8J3FZ/view?usp=sharing
AASD SUPPORTS OUR MEMBERS. Read below for an example of how AASD serves our members.
AASD is a member of the California Association of Urban School Administrators (CAUSA) which is a statewide group of unions that represent management. The management teams of Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Oakland, West Contra Costa, Sacramento, Chula Vista, and San Diego are members of CAUSA. By being a part of CAUSA, AASD has other unions to reach out to for collaboration and to share information with. Your Executive Director, Donis Coronel, proudly represents you as the Chairperson of CAUSA.
This is another example of what 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
SPECIAL GRATITUDE When members wish to show their gratitude for other district staff, please contact Donis Coronel at email@example.com and AASD will publish that message of gratitude in the next Weekly Update.
From Marco Samaniego, former Area Program Manager and now AASD Affiliate Member (working for Poway School District). “Special gratitude to the Area Program Manager team in Special Education. I loved working with each of you. Your care, attention, and diligence in attending to and supporting 28+ school site administrators, teachers, paraeducators, and other site staff is such an overwhelming task. Each of you continue to strive to be your absolute best in support of your sites with limited resources. I hope each of you were able to take some time off during the winter break – you deserve a break!”
CONDOLENCES 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 sadness that AASD shares that retired AASD Membership Clerk, Margie Klassen, passed away on December 17. Margie was the Membership Clerk at AASD from 2012 to 2016. Prior to working at AASD, Margie was employed at SDUSD in the Benefits and Human Resources Departments for 20 years. She retired from SDUSD and then worked part-time for AASD, where she was the AASD Membership Clerk/Receptionist and greeted all members with a warm hello and a smile. Margie was a beautiful soul, kind and giving, and had an infectious laugh. She was a voracious reader, sometimes having 2-3 books going at the same time. Margie was a single parent and raised four children on her own. She loved her family and her friends, and she was a joy to be around. Condolences may be sent to Margie’s son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Nicol Klassen, 12427 Heatherton Ct. #245, San Diego, CA 92128. They will share the condolences with the family. While we do not yet have the details, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 18 in the early afternoon and is open to all who knew and loved Margie. More information regarding the Celebration of Life will be forthcoming.
ESTATE PLANNING – DISCOUNT FOR AASD MEMBERS! AASD has a partnership with Greg Runge, Estate Planning Attorney. Greg has over 12 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 is offering this service to our members for a flat fee of $950, which is 50% off the going rate for estate planning (more 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 firstname.lastname@example.org call (858) 395-4011 and be sure to mention you are an AASD member, so you receive the discounted rate.
LOOKING FORWARD - MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW! MORE INFORMATION TO COME!
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.
AASD OFFICE Office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. We ask that you call the office before visiting to ensure that a staff member is in the office and 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 AASDWeekly 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.orgfor 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 email@example.com 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. SELECT UNION DISTRICTMembership: 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.
ASSOCIATEMembership: (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. RETIREDMembership: (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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
UNION PLUS - MONEY-SAVING PROGRAMS FOR AFSA MEMBERS 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/
IMPORTANT: For 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 herewww.aasdcs.orgto 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 --firstname.lastname@example.org 619-813-8792 Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel --email@example.com 619-861-2701 Office Clerk (Retired), Jim Costello --firstname.lastname@example.org(Membership inquiries only)