AASD Weekly Update 1/4/2024

    AASD is happy to notify our members that the District and AASD have reached a REVISED/IMPROVED agreement to offer retirement-eligible employees with a payment for providing the District with early notification of their retirement.  Click below for the revised/improved agreements.
    2023-12-14_Rev_AASD_Classified_MOU_Payment for Early Notification of Retirement
    2023-12-14_Rev_AASD_Certificated_MOU_Payment for Early Notification of Retirement
    The District and AASD signed NEW REVISED/IMPROVED agreements since the information was originally shared in the AASD Weekly Update to now allow for a retirement date at the conclusion of the 2024 summer school program.  Please see the new information in the bullets below.
    The agreements provide a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,000 to retirement-eligible employees who complete and submit their retirement form by January 15, 2024. Specific terms, including obligations around a participating employee’s last day in service, vary slightly by bargaining unit.  Please see specifics below:

    • Certificated Employees: Retirement date between June 7, 2024 and June 30, 2024
    • Classified Employees: Retirement date between March 15, 2024 and June 30, 2024 
    • NEW ELIGIBILITY- Both Units: Retirement date of July 12, 2024 for unit members on calendar during summer school and/or working a summer school assignment.
  • Additionally, employees who provide notification and retire during the windows above and by June 30, 2024, but who, pursuant to their respective Collective Bargaining Agreement, would have been entitled to a longevity payment for the 2023-2024 fiscal year as an active employee on July 1st, will still receive the longevity stipend when payments are processed in September 2024.
    In order to receive the one-time payment, eligible employees must complete and submit the retirement notification form to Human Resources by the close of business on January 15, 2024. The retirement notification form is located on the
    HR website and the completed form must be returned via email to hrdocuments@sandi.net.
    The revised date of July 12 allows AASD members to use their four PPI days that are earned on July 1, 2024.  Additionally, the July 12 date allows employees who are retiring to have district-paid health insurance for the month of July.
    Questions?  Contact AASD (Donis Coronel, 619-813-8792)

  • A NEW YEAR OF UNITY, STRENGTH, AND PROGRESS FOR OUR UNION.  As we bid farewell to the past and usher in the promise of a new year, the AASD Board of Directors and Staff extend our warmest wishes to each and every one of you.  May 2024 bring you prosperity, good health, and success.  This coming year will be filled with challenges, triumphs, and the unwavering dedication of our AASD union members.  Together we will demonstrate the power of solidarity, resilience, and the collective spirit that defines AASD.  Let us remain steadfast in our commitment to each other and the work that binds us together.  Our AASD union is not just an organization, it is a family of individuals who share common goals, dreams, and the belief that through collaboration we can achieve our goals.  This year we will face challenges and there will be opportunities.  It is our sincere hope that we can approach these with the same unity and determination that have fueled past successes.  Remember, our strength lies not only in the number of union members we have but in our ability to stand united in the face of adversity.  Let us continue to foster an environment of mutual support and respect within our union.  We will have members whose jobs will be eliminated and need all of our support.  In the spirit of solidarity, be there for one another.  May this new year bring us closer to our collective goals, as we strive to create better working conditions, fair wages, and a bright future for all.  The AASD Board of Directors and Staff wish you and your loved ones a happy New Year.
  • BUDGET CUTS/POSITION ELIMINATIONS.  If you are notified by your supervisor that your position is being eliminated effective June 30 – please contact AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, for support.  donis@unitedadmin.us or 619-813-8792.
  • PRINCIPALS AND AP’S – HAVE YOU BEEN ASSIGNED 1:1 COACHING OR MENTORING OF ANOTHER PRINCIPAL OR AP?    As most know, AASD has contract language allowing Principals and AP's to be assigned as a 1:1 coach/mentor to a new Principal or AP.  There is an annual stipend for doing this work.  For the 2023-24 school year, AASD was told that there would not be any 1:1 coach/mentor work assigned to Principals or AP's as another department would be handling that work.  Therefore, no stipends would be paid.  AASD is hearing from some Principals that they are being asked to coach/mentor new Principals.  No stipend is being paid.  Please complete the survey below so AASD can ascertain how prevalent this issue is and what AASD's next steps are.  Please complete the survey by January 8.

  • STATE PRESCHOOL STIPEND.  AASD negotiated language that was Board approved in July regarding a new, one-time stipend for school administrators who have/had a State Pre School onsite.  Here is the language:
    The designated site administrator of a site with a State Preschool program will receive a one-time stipend of $600 in recognition of the State requirement to attend an orientation, preventative health training, and provide proof of vaccination status.  This stipend will be paid one-time in the school year that the designated site administrator completes these requirements. 

    This $600 stipend will be paid to any designated site administrator that had a State Preschool program at their site in the 2022-2023 school year.  Then, in the future, the stipend would be paid to any newly appointed designated site administrator to a site that has a State Preschool program or to any designated site administrator where a State Preschool program is newly added to their site, after that designated site administrator completes the requirements.
    The stipend was scheduled to be paid in November; however, that did not occur.  Payroll just confirmed that the stipend was paid by a physical check that was mailed the week prior to winter break to the home address of those eligible.  Thank you to the Payroll staff for getting the checks out before the holidays.  If you believe you are entitled to the stipend and did not receive it, please contact AASD’s Executive Director, Donis Coronel,
    donis@unitedadmin.us, after the holidays.

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

    During times of budget cuts and layoffs, AASD is here for our members.  Our Union provides resources, supports and will bargain Impacts and Effects of the Reduction in Force (RIF).

    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

    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, Patrick Henry High, Closes 1/10
    Principal, Bird Rock Elementary, Closes 1/10
    NOTE:  These are not considered a “Re-Post.”  If you previously applied, you may apply again and go through the process.


    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.

    It is with tremendous sadness that AASD shares the passing of our recently retired AASD Membership Clerk, James “Jim”  Costello.  Jim passed away unexpectedly on December 14, 2023, with his devoted partner and husband, Brian Kenworthy, at his side.  Brian and Jim spent 36 wonderful years together and celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on December 1, 2023. 
    Jim spent his career in Management in the finance industry with Goodrich Corporation/Rohr, Intuit, Laidlaw Waste Management and WorldExchange.  After retiring, he was then hired for the part-time Membership/Office Clerk position at AASD in 2016.  Donis, Linda and Jim made a great team at AASD and worked together for six years until Jim retired in January 2022.  After retiring, Jim was kind enough to continue to work remote for AASD part-time until his replacement was hired in early 2023.   
    In Jim’s work at AASD, he was loyal to our members and was always a smiling face at the check-in table at all AASD events.  He also supported all of our committees in their work.  He was funny, kind, compassionate and understood the work of our Union.   He truly cared about our members.  He made many lifelong friends during his tenure at AASD.  Donis and Linda considered Jim “family.”
    Those who knew Jim knew that he loved his cruises!  Jim was a part-time travel consultant for Expedia and booked many cruises for his clients.  He and Brian took well over 20 cruises and enjoyed every minute of each one.  They loved to travel.  Jim also enjoyed  good restaurants, musicals, concerts and most importantly, CHER!  Next time you hear a Cher song, think of Jim.  He also had his two beautiful cats, Jake and Lily, who he adored. 
    Jim’s husband, Brian Kenworthy, is a long-time SDUSD classified manager and an AASD member in good standing who also serves on the AASD Bargaining Team. 
    Our sincere and heartfelt condolences go to Brian and all of the Costello/Kenworthy family.  Jim was loved by so many at AASD and in his personal life, and he will be missed.  Condolences may be sent to Brian Kenworthy, 3635 7th Ave, Unit 2E, San Diego 92103-4343.

  • AASD CONFERENCE ROOM.  Need a place to hold a meeting?  AASD has a conference room that can seat up to 25-30 people.  We also have access to a second conference room in the hallway near our office that can seat up to 12 people.  If you are interested in using either room, contact the AASD office to check availability.  The room is available 8am to 5pm (unless booked).  Usage prior to 8am or after 5pm would need to be worked out with the staff.  To book our conference room, contact the office at 619-295-2118 or e-mail Donis Coronel (donis@unitedadmin.us) or Linda Crout-Hamel (linda@unitedadmin.us).
  • SAVE THE DATES.  Mark your calendar now for the upcoming AASD events.  More information will be forthcoming, but get these dates on your calendar now!  Don’t miss out!

    March 20, 2024, 7:00am-12noon – AASD/SDUSD Spring Conference, Marina Village
    April 19, 2024, 6:00-10:00pm – AASD Casino Night Fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund, Marina Village

    May 1, 2024, 4:00-7:00pm – AASD Membership Meeting, Location TBD 
    June 14, 2024, 5:00-9:30pm – AASD Summerfest Celebration, Marina Village
  • WANT TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED AT AASD?  JOIN A COMMITTEE!  AASD has committees and we want YOU!  Please consider joining a committee.  Become involved!  Support YOUR union!  Committees are listed below.  If you are interested in joining a committee, please email Donis Coronel at donis@unitedadmin.us. 
    Finance Committee:  Meets up to 4 times a year to develop a draft budget and monitor the finances of AASD.  Chair is Gina Camacho-McGrath.

    Legislative and Political Affairs Committee:  Meets monthly to review and make recommendations regarding legislation that affects education and our schools/employees.   The committee also interviews school board candidates and makes recommendations for endorsement to the AASD Board of Directors.  The committee typically meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in person at the UASC/AASD office with an option to join the meeting via Zoom.  Co-Chairs are Jesus Montana (interim) and Marci Lammey.

    Member Relations Committee:  Plans and supports the two large social events for members (Summerfest and the Winter Holiday Party) as well as provides support for any membership meetings.  Responsible for the selection of AASD Distinguished Leaders annually.  Coordinates the Homework Kits for UTK and Kinders at select schools.  Responsible for other activities that support the membership.  Typically meets monthly, the first Tuesday of the month from 3:30-5:00 PM in person with an option to join the meeting via Zoom.  Co-Chairs are Susan Kent and Maria Moore-Flagg.

    Professional Development Committee:  Plans and coordinates the annual AASD/SDUSD Spring Conference each March.  Also responsible for approving reimbursements to the Professional Growth Fund.  Typically meets the first Wednesday of the month, as needed, 3:00-4:30 PM with an option to join the meeting via Zoom.  Co-Chairs are Mario Garcia and Silvia Martinez.

    Scholarship Committee:  Plans an annual fundraising event (Casino Night).  Coordinates the Scholarship Program including presentation of scholarships at school events.  Meets monthly, as needed, typically the 4th Monday of the Month from 3:30-5:00 PM in person with an option to join the meeting via Zoom.  Co-Chairs are Veronica Ortega and Sharon Rubalcava.

    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 $10.50 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. 
    Executive Director, Donis Coronel -- donis@unitedadmin.us   619-813-8792
    Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel -- linda@unitedadmin.us   619-861-2701
    Office Clerk/Membership Coordinator, Patti Burch -- patti@unitedadmin.us  


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