AASD Weekly Update 5/11/2023


  • CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2023-24 AND 2024-25 AASD BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  The following members were elected at last night’s membership meeting to a 2-year term on the AASD Board of Directors effective July 1, 2023.  Congratulations and thank you for your service to AASD.  They will join the Officers (already elected last month) and those members of the Board who are in their 2nd year of their term on the Board. 
            Cynthia Larkin, Senior High Principals Representative
            Jonel “Shortie” Smith, Classified Supervisors Representative
            Dean Darley, Certificated Central Office Managers Representative 
            Lisa Sheldon, Classified Managers Representative  
            Shannon Bussey, Elementary Principals Representative
            Deanna Laramore, School Police Representative
            Robin Peters, Associate Principals Representative
            Lisa Peoples, Food and Nutrition Services Supervisors and Area Supervisors

  • SUMMERFEST IS HERE!  COME AND JOIN THE PARTY ON JUNE 23.  RSVP now for the AASD Summerfest end-of- the year party.  Not only will you have a great time, but we will also be recognizing our AASD Distinguished Leaders and new Retirees. Summerfest is Friday, June 23, 5:00 to 10:00 PM at Marina Village, Baja Room.  This event is free for all AASD Members in Good Standing, AASD Affiliate Members, and AASD Retired Members.  Our theme this year is Western – wear your jeans and cowboy/cowgirl duds!

    We have planned a plated, sit-down BBQ-themed dinner!  We will be taking the required RSVP electronically via the link below.

    RSVPs are due by June 9.
    There is no payment required for Members in Good Standing, Retired Members and Affiliate Members
    Payment of $75 for Guests is required in advance and is due by June 9.
    Please click the link below to RSVP and to make your selection for dinner.  You will select ONE of the following four options:
    • BBQ Beef Kabob
    • Honey Chicken Kabob
    • Lemon Herb Garlic Shrimp Kabob
    • Herb Vegetable Kabob (Vegetarian/Vegan option)
  • All dinners include salad and sides detailed on the flyer.  Assorted Mini Desserts will be served.  The included beverages are coffee, iced tea, lemonade, assorted sodas, beer, sangria, and wine.

    Come join your AASD colleagues and friends for a great time!  The evening will include honoring our AASD Distinguished Leaders and our AASD Retirees, music and dancing, and many door prizes!  For more detailed information, click here for the

  • AASD DISTINGUISHED LEADERS 2022-23.  Please join the AASD Member Relations Committee and the AASD Board of Directors in congratulating the following AASD Members in Good Standing and Retired Member who have been selected for this prestigious award.  They will all be honored at the AASD Summerfest on June 23.  Congratulations and well-deserved!
    Category Recipient’s Name Job Title School/Dept
    Associate Principal (Elem) Kimberly Zarkoski AP Chollas Mead Elem.
    Associate Principal (HS) Reuben Hoffman AP Clairemont HS
    Associate Principal (HS) Nicholas Willis AP Canyon Hills HS
    BSSIII/POS David Dill BSSIII Wangenheim Middle
    Central Offc Certificated Mgr Karla Shiminski Program Specialist Due Process/Mediation
    Classified Supervisor Lumumba Mushonga Supv Rehab Spec New Dawn
    Elementary Principal John Aguilar Principal Normal Heights Elem.
    Elementary Principal Quyen Corral Principal Cherokee Point Elem.
    Elementary Principal Barb Waller Principal Hearst Elementary
    Food Services Maria Sanchez Area Supv Food Services
    Food Services Eleanore Viado Supv Adm Asst I Food Services
    Retiree Laurie Guido Retired AP Retired
    Special Recognition Scott Thomason POSA Extended Learning
    Special Recognition Jesus Montana Sergeant School Police
    We would also like to acknowledge three members – Paula Hamar, Kristi Hunter-Clark and Heather Potter -- who were nominated but have already been recognized as an AASD Distinguished Leader in the past five years, so they were not eligible again for this honor. 

  • AASD AWARDS $16,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO CHILDREN OF OUR MEMBERS.  Sixteen graduating seniors will each receive a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the AASD Scholarship Committee.  Funds for these annual scholarships are from AASD Retiree Membership Dues, the Casino Night Fundraiser, and interest earned on our AASD investment account.  Congratulations to the awardees listed below.  Thank you to the Scholarship Committee – Co-Chairs Veronica Ortega and Sharon Rubalcava, and Members:  Troy Hickey, Mary Johnson, Jeff Sabins, Lisa Sheldon, Jonel “Shortie” Smith, Carmi Strom, and support from UASC Staff, Donis Coronel and Linda Crout-Hamel.
    Name of Recipient High School Parent Member Title/Work Location
    Barreto, Yuliana SUHSD Eastlake High Jesus Montana Sergeant, School Police
    Brock, Amelia SDUSD Point Loma High Kimberly Shapazian
    Ryan Brock
    Prog Mgr/SPED
    CORT Finance
    Browne, Callaghan SDUSD Clairemont High Courtney Browne Principal, Mt Everest
    Coleman, Blake GUHSD El Capitan High Jessica Coleman Due Process
    Cordero, Leila GUHSD  West Hills High Dianne Huslin Affiliate Member
    Ervin-Agudelo, Sofia SDUSD MET Melissa Agudelo Principal, Lincoln High
    Flores, Olivia GUHSD Helix High Miriam Atlas AP, Garfield High
    Gonzalez, Abigail SDUSD Patrick Henry High Cesia Guizar Conf. Admin Asst
    Hernandez, Iliana SDUSD San Diego High Fernando Hernandez Principal, Perkins UTK-8
    Holmer, Abegail SDUSD Mission Bay High Cristine Holmer Supervisor, Food Svcs
    Laroya, Diego SDUSD Lincoln High Sherwin Laroya FS Supv, Clark Middle
    Miller, Vivian SDUSD Patrick Henry High Karla Shiminski Prog Spec, Due Process
    Morga, Matthew Rancho Bernardo High Francisco Morga Principal, Jefferson
    Rizzo, Abbey Cathedral Catholic High Courtney Rizzo Principal, Farb Middle
    Sakamoto, Kojiro SDUSD La Jolla High Yuka Sakamoto Prog Mgr, MHRC
    Vogel, Ava Carlsbad Unified
    Sage Creek High
    Rebecca Vogel Principal, Cabrillo Elem
    Additionally, Olivia Flores (daughter of Garfield AP, Miriam Atlas), was awarded a $2,500 Diann Woodard Scholarship from the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA).  Congratulations, Olivia!

  • PLEASE JOIN UNITED ADMINISTRATORS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (UASC) IN WELCOMING OUR NEW STAFF MEMBER.  Retired AASD member, Patti Burch, has agreed to join the UASC staff as our new Office Clerk.  Patti will be working part-time with Donis and Linda in supporting our unions, AASD and AACV, with membership and general clerical duties.  Patti served AASD on the first classified bargaining team and in retirement has been a regular fixture at AASD as a retired member and has also taken bargaining notes for the AASD team since her retirement.  Patti’s e-mail address is patti@unitedadmin.usWelcome to the UASC team, Patti!
  • IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS WITH STUDENT LOANS.  Do you or a family member have student loans?  This is a short timeline; however, the National Student Debt Forgiveness Center is working with individual AFSA members to reduce and/or forgive their student loan debt.  The National Student Debt Forgiveness Center is eager to assist AFSA members and their family members.  However, we have learned that half of the borrowers will no longer be eligible for loan forgiveness as of May 31 and the rest will only have until the end of 2023 to qualify.  We learned that one AFSA member from Montgomery County, MD worked with the National Student Dept Forgiveness Center and just this week had $37,000 in student loan debt forgiven!  If you are interested in taking advantage of this program, we suggest immediately contacting the following individuals and letting them know that AFSA referred you.  Don’t delay!
    Natalie Luongo
    If you don’t reach Natalie or get a timely response, contact Nick Spina, Chief of Staff, at AFSA  nspina@afsaadmin.org

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  • BARGAINING UPDATE.  After consultation with the District Chief Negotiator, both AASD and the District made the decision to cancel bargaining for May 10.  All of AASD’s proposals on the table are connected to wages/money and the District is not prepared to counter until there is an across-the-board wage settlement with the various unions.  Our next scheduled bargaining session is June 7.
    The Legislative and Political Affairs (LAPA) Committee updated the Board of Directors on various bills at its April 26 meeting. The Board took action on three bills:

    SB 643            School Safety: Safe-To-Tell Program 
    AASD initially took the position to oppose this bill, creating a statewide tip line program, due to our district already participating in our local program “Students Speaking Out.” AASD met with Senator Wilk’s staff and they agreed to amend their bill to require each district to create its own or participate in a similar program by SY 24-25. Based on the amended bill, no letter of opposition was created. The Board of Directors changed its position to become neutral on the bill.
    SB 291            Pupil Rights: Recess
    The board voted to support the bill’s effort to withhold a student from recess as an option for discipline, making recess a student’s right. Students can be held back from recess if their participation is deemed a danger to themself or another student. 
    SB 868            Pupil Safety: Trauma Kits
    AASD’s legislative efforts have begun to be recognized. Senator Wilk requested AASD to review this bill and sought our support. The bill places a trauma kit in each classroom and requires annual review and training for all employees on the campus. The bill also protects our staff from being liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission of using the kits, as long as training is provided. 
    You can view the list of bills our LAPA Committee is reviewing or bills our Board of Directors has taken a position by clicking the following link:
    2023 Tracked Legislation.
    If you become aware of a bill our LAPA Committee should review or if are you interested in being a member of the LAPA Committee please contact Donis Coronel at donis@unitedadmin.us.

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

    Sometimes our AASD members just need to vent!  That’s reality.  Our AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, is a good listening ear and with her experience in Human Resources is the right person to talk to!  Frustrated?  Give her a call.

    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, at donis@unitedadmin.us.

    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 

    Principal, Wegeforth Elementary, Re-Post, Closes 5/11
    Instructional Coordinator, Mann Middle, Closes 5/11
    Program Manager, Instructional Media Services, Closes 5/14
    Program Manager, Special Education, Closes 5/26


    AASD-Represented CLASSIFIED Job Postings
    None at this time.

    When members wish to show their gratitude for other district staff, please contact Donis Coronel at  donis@unitedadmin.us 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 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
    gregrunge@gmail.com or call (858) 395-4011 and be sure to mention you are an AASD member, so you receive the discounted rate.

    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 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@unitedadmin.us 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@unitedadmin.us. 
    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.

    Executive Director, Donis Coronel -- donis@unitedadmin.us   619-813-8792
    Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel -- linda@unitedadmin.us   619-861-2701
    Membership Clerk, Patti Burch -- patti@unitedadmin.us  


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