Much like the city news, education in Claremont was dominated most of the year by the conronavirus.
In mid March as the pandemic came closer to our city, Claremont Unified School District officials initially elected to keep campuses open while canceling all non-classroom events through the beginning of April.
In a year of surprises and change, Scripps College President Lara Tiedens will resign from the college effective April 15, 2021, moving to New York to become the Executive Director of the Schwarzman Scholars, an international fellowship program for future leaders. Ms. Tiedens had spent five years at Scripps. Here is the resignation letter she sent out to the Scripps community.
Voters in the Citrus Community College District approved Measure Y, a $298 million general obligation bond, during the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. The Los Angeles County Registrar?Recorder/County Clerk’s election canvass period has concluded and Measure Y—the Citrus College Career Education, Repair, Affordable Higher Education Measure – passed with 57.67 percent of the votes.
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Julie Olesniewicz, second from left, has been selected to become the interim superintendent for Claremont Unified School District. She will take over the interim position when Superintendant Jim Elsasser leaves in January. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
After more than 20 years of service, Susan M. Keith will be retiring from the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees at the end of the year.
Originally elected to the board in 1999, Trustee Keith represents area 2, which includes Claremont and portions of Pomona and La Verne. She was later reelected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Presumptive new school board member, Bob Fass, says he ran his campaign on a message of social equity and inclusiveness, but the skills he hopes to bring to the board also include his many years in fundraising and managing budgets.
As of Tuesday, Mr. Fass has received 10,012 votes, 36 percent of the total, in the best of two contest for the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education. When the vote is certified at the end of the month, he and Kathy Archer are expected to be elected to the board and sworn in on December 17.
It wasn’t an unusual spot for Kathy Archerto have spent an election night, glued to the screen, eagerly awaiting results.
But this time she was waiting on an outcome of her own, and at the end of the night it was good news: She’d been elected to the Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education.
Claremont Unified School District SuperintendentJim Elsasser has accepted a position as superintendent of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, according to a news release from the PYLUSD. Mr. Elsasser’s first day at his new job is scheduled for January 4, 2021, pending final approval of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education on November 10. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Scripps College’s Scripps Presents series continues with The 19th* co-founder Emily Ramshaw in conversation with The 19th* editor-at-large Erinn Haines over Zoom at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 8. The event is free and open to the public. Of the many headlines volleyed our way over the past six months, the experiences of women during the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly devastating.
Scripps College’s “Scripps Presents” events are going forward, with a robust calendar of free, interesting events.
All of the events are virtual, but registration and tickets are required. Click through www.scrippscollege.edu/ events/calendar for information.
On Tuesday, September 15 Scripps hosts Ayad Akhtar and Ben Rhodes: America is My Home at 5 p.m.
Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver’s Racial Justice Initiative, which seeks to embed the study of racial violence and justice throughout the campus and curriculum, will launch its inaugural panel on Thursday, September 10, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PDT, with a virtual conversation among activist scholars on police violence and racial justice in the 21st century.
Teacher Heather Stradley provides nine-year-old Sade Dennis with some of the learning materials for the upcoming semester during an orientation on Tuesday at Mountain View Elementary School in Claremont. Wednesday was the first day of instruction across Claremont Unified School District albeit not in a conventional way with classes being held online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Teacher Heather Stradley provides nine-year-old Sade Dennis with some of the learning materials for the upcoming semester during an orientation on Tuesday at Mountain View Elementary School in Claremont. Today is the first day of instruction across Claremont Unified School District albeit not in a conventional way with classes being held online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont Unified School District’s budgets have for many years been reliable: $80 million, give or take a couple million dollars. Some years it runs a deficit, others a surplus. It’s been a steady gig, and its some 750 employees have taken solace from that consistency.
Last March though, all that tranquility was turned on its head when the COVID pandemic shut down campuses. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger