AASD Weekly Update 5/23/2024

    It's almost here!  AASD's end-of-the-year celebration -
    Summerfest!  Join your colleagues for Aloha Friday on June 14, 5:00-10:00 PM, at Marina Village, Baja Room, 1904 Quivira Way, San Diego 92109.  The evening will also include honoring our AASD Distinguished Leaders and our AASD Retiring Members. 

    Summerfest is
    FREE for all members - Members in Good Standing, Affiliate Members and Retired Members.  This festive, Hawaiian-themed party includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, and beverages.  Attendees will also enjoy music provided by our first-ever live band - 5 O'clock at Nikki's

    Appetizers, buffet dinner, and dessert will be provided by Homestyle Hawaiian Catering.  The delicious menu includes Kalua Wontons, Lumpia (meat & veggie), and Musubi (Spam & tofu), Korean Chicken, Kalua Pig, Teriyaki Beef, Coconut Shrimp, Pancit (veggie), Steamed White Rice, Macaroni Salad, and Oriental Salad.  For dessert, a platter of Malasadas and Cookies will be served at each table.  Beverages will include sodas, iced tea, beer, wine and Mai Tai's.

    In keeping with this fun, casual event, we hope you will embrace the Hawaiian theme and wear your aloha shirts, board shorts, and flip flops.  Let your inner surfer dude or hula dancer come out to play and join the fun!  The music will surely entice dancers to the dance floor to shake their grass skirts! 
    For more detailed information, click here for the FLYER.  

    Your RSVP is required by the deadline of June 5.  Click this LINK to RSVP.  (You can also click the link in the flyer to RSVP.)  If you plan to bring a guest, your guest RSVP and payment of $75 is due by the deadline of June 5.  

    The Member Relations Committee and UASC staff have been working hard to provide all members with an awesome party that marks the end of the school year.  Come join your AASD colleagues and friends for a great time...and maybe you'll be lucky and win one of the many fabulous door prizes (must be present to win)! 
  • AASD AWARDS HOMEWORK BAGS TO INCOMING TK/KINDER STUDENTS AT TWO SCHOOLS.  The AASD Member Relations Committee is excited to announce that incoming TK and Kindergarten students at Linda Vista Elementary and Webster Elementary have been selected to receive “homework bags” from AASD to start the 2024-25 school year.  Each  drawstring backpack  is filled with school supplies the students can keep at home to use for homework assignments.  AASD has awarded over 1,930 bags since the program began in 2013-14.  Funds to purchase the bags and supplies come from fundraisers at our AASD social events and the interest earned from the AASD investment account.  Congratulations to Principal Miriam Atlas (Linda Vista) and Principal Beverly Prange (Webster) on their schools being selected this year!
  • LAPA COMMITTEE REPORT.  It has been a very busy week for our state legislators. By the end of the day today, they must review and pass over 900 bills that originated on their side of the house, or the billls will automatically die. 
    As for the bills we support, they have all made it out of their first house! We will continue to fight for those bills as they make their way through the second house. One bill we opposed, AB 2441, also made it to the Senate. This bill could have significant implications, as it would remove several mandates of when to call police (including School Police) for a variety of violations of law, such as possession of narcotics weapons or when staff is assaulted. It would also remove the protection for staff if the police were notified; the aggressive student’s parents can sue the staff member for calling the police. In coordination with PORAC (the state police union equivalent to CSEA and CTA in Sacramento), we beat this bill in 2022. Coincidentally, the 2022 version of this bill caused our LAPA committee to form. Your understanding of these issues is crucial in our collective advocacy efforts.
    Regrettably, some of our bills did not meet last week’s deadline for leaving their respective Appropriations Committees and onto their floors for a vote. One of those bills was AB 1927, which would have expanded the grant funding for aspiring teachers for Career Technical Education. We understand the disappointment this may cause, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to advocating for the best interests of our stakeholders. 
    Legislative Status Report provides more information on these and all the bills we monitor. Our LAPA committee will update our support and opposition letters and send them out next week to ensure our AASD voice is heard in Sacramento. We value your input and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or recommendations. Your perspectives are crucial in shaping our advocacy efforts. Our committee is readily available at LAPA@unitedadmin.us for further discussion.

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

    AASD works with district representatives to negotiate the administrator (principal and AP) workdays on the calendar.  We are currently working on 2025-26.

    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

  • 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). 

    AASD-Represented CERTIFICATED Job Postings 

    Instructional Coordinator (Equity, Access and Opportunity) - REPOSTED, Closes 6/2

    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.

    From AASD Member in Good Standing, Lisa Sheldon, Operations Specialist, Extended Learning Opportunities.  AASD extends our sincere condolences to the Guth/Sheldon Family.
    William Gordon Guth, born on October 9, 1959, passed away on May 18, 2024. Bill was born at Mercy Hospital to John and Gail Guth. He cherished his childhood in San Diego, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad, and spending time at Martinez Lake on the Lower Colorado River and the Rio Hardy in Mexico with his family.
    On August 9, 1976, Bill's life took a dramatic turn when a car accident in Del Cerro left him with a broken neck, resulting in quadriplegia. Despite this, he graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1978. With the unwavering support of his family and close friends, Bill adapted to life in a wheelchair and embarked on a journey of resilience and determination.
    During his college years, Bill worked as a guidance aide at Torrey Pines Elementary. He went on to graduate from San Diego State University's MERGE Program with credentials in both general and special education. On August 30, 1995, he began his career as a special education teacher at Rolando Park Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District, where he dedicated ten years until his retirement on June 21, 2005.
    Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gail Guth, and his younger brother, John Guth. He is survived by his loving wife, Patti Guth, stepchildren Ryan and Nicole Durkin, sisters Lisa Sheldon and Laurie Guth, nieces Jessica Sheldon, Alexandra Sheldon, and Sydney Johnson, and nephews Johan Sheldon and Charlie Johnson.

  • VOLUNTARY FURLOUGH DAYS FOR 2024-25.  AASD and the District have reached an agreement for VOLUNTARY furlough days for 12-month AASD Bargaining Unit Members.  Click here for the MOU.  Additional information will be forthcoming to eligible unit members.  IMPORTANT:  There is an impact to service credit with CalSTRS if any certificated member elects to take VOLUNTARY furlough days.  There does not appear to be a negative impact to classified members in CalPERS; however, an abundance of caution should be taken when choosing to participate in VOLUNTARY furlough days.  Please contact the AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, prior to volunteering for VOLUNTARY furlough days.
  • AASD COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.  Click the links below for a copy of the AASD Collective Bargaining Agreements for our Classified and Certificated Units.  The CBAs are also posted on the AASD website www.aasdcs.org Feel free to print a copy yourself and/or save the electronic copies.  
    Collective Bargaining Agreement, Classified  
    Collective Bargaining Agreement, Certificated 

  • ESTATE PLANNING – DISCOUNT FOR AASD MEMBERS!  After some time away from this legal work to attend training for his full-time job as a police officer, Greg Runge, Estate Planning Attorney, has renewed his partnership with AASD.  Greg has over 15 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 a Lieutenant with a local police department, where he is in his 25th 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.

  • 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 Patti Burch at

  • 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.  The Chair is Jesus Montana (Executive Board).

    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.

  • 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. 
  • 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/UASC Office if you are interested.

  • 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).
  • 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 Patti Burch at patti@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.
    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.
    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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