AASD Weekly Update 6/27/2024

  • SUPPORT THE AASD SCHOLARSHIP FUND!  A NEW WAY TO DONATE AND SUPPORT GRADUATING SENIORS.  For years, AASD has supported our members by providing $1000 scholarships to the children of our members who are graduating from high school and going on to higher education.  Each year, AASD awards between $15,000 and $18,000 in scholarships.  In lieu of holding an annual event to fund the scholarships, the AASD Scholarship Committee, co-chaired by Veronica Ortega and Mary Johnson, has created an opportunity for our Members in Good Standing and Affiliate Members to make a nominal donation via payroll deduction to the AASD Scholarship Fund.  With the support of our members, this  option will allow our scholarship program to remain solvent and remain funded. 
    The AASD Board of Directors is encouraging all Members in Good Standing and Affiliate Members to consider donating via payroll deduction in support of our program.  By clicking the provided link or scanning the QR code, members can make a donation 10 times a year (August through May) of either $3, $5, $10 or $20 per month via payroll deduction.  

    Link - AASD Scholarship Payroll Deduction    QR Code - Scholarship Payroll Deduction

    Of course, any member (active or retired) can make a direct donation by sending a check (or calling the office with a debit or credit card number).  Checks should be payable to "UASC Foundation," and in the memo, write “AASD Scholarship Fund.”
    AASD would also like to acknowledge that all dues paid by AASD Retired Members (annually or one-time lifetime) go directly to the AASD Scholarship Fund.
    Thank you in advance for your support!  In order to continue the program without holding fundraising events we need your generosity!

  • NO AASD WEEKLY UPDATE THE WEEK OF JULY 1-5 AND OFFICE CLOSURE JULY 4-5.  Due to staff vacation, the AASD Weekly Update will not be produced next week (July 1-5).  In addition, the UASC/AASD office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day and Friday, July 5.  If there is an emergency, please contact the Executive Director, Donis Coronel, at 619-813-8792.
  • AASD BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2024-25 TAKES OATH OF OFFICE The AASD Board of Directors and Executive Board have been sworn in for 2024-25.  These members are representing all AASD Members in Good Standing and Retired Members and are volunteering their time to serve on your behalf.  Click here for a roster of the 2024-25 Board of Directors. 
  • ARE YOU IN CALSTRS RETIREMENT SYSTEM?  IT’S NEVER TOO SOON TO PLAN FOR RETIREMENT!  CalSTRS has provided AASD with information regarding summer workshops and events to learn about saving for and planning for retirement.  It’s never too soon to attend!  Please click the following links for information about webinars and on-site workshops during the summer months.   CalSTRS Summer 2024      CalSTRS Invest in Your Future, San Diego
  • LOST AND FOUND - GLASSES LEFT AT MARINA VILLAGE AFTER SUMMERFEST ON FRIDAY, JUNE 14.  A pair of women's sunglasses and pink readers were left in the Baja Room after Summerfest.  If you brought a guest or spouse, please check with them.  We have the glasses at the AASD/UASC Office.  Here is a picture of both.
  • LAPA COMMITTEE REPORT.  This has been a successful week for AASD through our LAPA Committee’s efforts in Sacramento. AASD has been named in several bills we have supported or opposed in the past two weeks. Senate Bill 1195 is a bill that will allow AP students enrolled in block scheduling during the fall semester to take the AP exam at the end of the course instead of waiting until the end of the spring semester. When presenting the bill in the Education Committee, a portion of the letter sent to support the bill by AASD was used to convince Senators to vote in favor. At the end of the debate, SB 1195 passed the committee unanimously and now awaits in the Senate Appropriation Committee. 
    AASD also joined the Coalition for Adequate Funding for Special Education to advocate for the prevention of cutting $200 million from the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program (IEEEP) grant funding from the state budget. As the state passed the budget, the coalition successfully obtained $100 million in funding for the grant. We will continue fighting with the coalition to ensure every penny goes to our schools. 
    The state legislature will take a summer break from July 3rd through August 5th, but our LAPA Committee will continue to work for our members. We will monitor any amendments to bills we are following and interview Senate District 39 candidates to determine which of the two candidates AASD will support. 
    Legislative Status Report is continuously updated with all the bills the LAPA Committee recommended a position to our Executive Board and all the bills being monitored. The LAPA Committee values your input and encourages 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.

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

    AASD has been asked to assemble a group of AASD members to provide continuous feedback to both the Special Education leadership and the Human Resources leadership on a variety of processes and issues.  The following AASD Members in Good Standing have been appointed:
    SPED Continuous Feedback Group
    Shannon Bussey, Freese Elementary
    Gina Camacho-McGrath, Miller Elementary
    Courtney Rizzo, Farb Middle
    Precious Jackson-Hubbard, Bell Middle
    Karly Johnstone, Clairemont High 
    Jeff Sabins, Mira Mesa High  
    Pamela Busch, Riley/Marcy/New Dawn
    HR Continuous Feedback Group
    Lauren Robinson, Principal, Elementary (Hawthorne)
    Kristi Hunter-Clark, Principal, Elementary (Chollas Mead)
    John Bosselman, Principal, Mid-Level (Dana Middle)
    Jolie Pickett, Principal, Atypical (Sr High/Garfield High)
    Jessie Salas, AP, Elementary  (Hancock)
    Lourdes Hirsch, AP, Mid-Level (Knox)
    Julia Groff, Instructional Coordinator (Crawford)
    Kimberly Shapazian, Central Office Certificated Manager (SPED)
    Bernie Kacijancic, Regional Manager (Food Services)
    Lisa Sheldon, Operations Specialist (Extended Learning)
    Paula Hamar, Supv Rehab Specialist (Mental Health Resource Center)
    Jennifer Cherniss, Supervisor (Transportation)

    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 

    None at this time.

    AASD-Represented CLASSIFIED Job Postings
    Supervising Administrative Assistant II, Extended Learning Opportunities, Closes 7/3

    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.

  • IMPORTANT FOR ALL MEMBERS AFFECTED BY POSITION ELIMINATION.  PLEASE JOIN AASD AS AN AFFILIATE MEMBER BY JUNE 30 IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN SUPER PRIORITY CONSIDERATION STATUS.  For those who have not yet secured a management/supervisory position for next year (but will be with the District in another capacity), you should have received an e-mail earlier this month from AASD (Patti Burch, Membership Coordinator) offering continued AASD Affiliate Membership, which also guarantees Super Priority Consideration (for certificated) and Priority Consideration (for classified) for an extended period of time.  Affiliate Membership is $28/month, 10 months a year.  Not only do you maintain the priority consideration status past June 30, as an Affiliate Member you also have the ability to continue your American Fidelity voluntary insurance (disability and others), continue to receive the AASD Weekly Update, continue your AFSA membership which provides many benefits, and much more.  Check your e-mail and if you cannot find the e-mail from Patti – please contact her at patti@unitedadmin.us.
  • 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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