This summer is a happy blur for Claremont High School junior Riley Evans, center.
Since late June, she has served as an intern with the Claremont School of Theatre Arts, a job that will culminate with performances by the program’s 6th through 9th grade participants on July 25-27.
Then there’s the cross-country practice that begins at 5:30 a.m. And earlier in the summer, she headed east with her family to explore the campuses of Boston University, Sarah Lawrence College, NYU, and more. Oh yeah, and then there’s the UCLA writing class that’s about to start, which focuses on writing before college.
Still, she has that niggling feeling she should be doing more. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Since 1999, Claremonter Sue Keith has been a member of the Citrus Community College Board of Trustees, working to represent students of the Glendora community college. With her election this last May to the California Community College Trustees Board of Directors, she is taking that advocacy statewide.
The organization’s aim is to “promote student access and success by strengthening colleges through leadership development, advocacy, policy development and district services. Ms. Keith, who just returned from her first CCCT meeting in Sacramento, took a moment to explain various aspects of this mission.
As many as 100 young bookworms flooded the multipurpose room on Wednesday afternoon as the local library kicked off its summer reading program with the promise of free prizes and a full schedule of programs through August 31.
Giddy children with books in tow were invited to kickstart their reading with a little bit of fun—and a few furry friends—as magician John Abrams presented his Animal Magic Show to a packed crowd of youngsters. Check out our fun-filled story.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Steven Boyd, the principal of San Antonio High School and Community Day School, has been removed from his administrative position and reassigned to a position at the Claremont Unified School District’s district office.
The news first came to light at the Thursday, June 21 school board meeting when, during the public comment period, 2 community members spoke to express their dismay at the reassignment of the administrator of the local continuation high school.
Neither the CUSD board or administrators at the meeting addressed Mr. Boyd’s reassignment.
Citrus College conferred a record-breaking 1,508 associate degrees at its 97th commencement exercises, held on Saturday, June 15. That number surpassed last year’s record-breaking number of 1,332. This is the third consecutive year in which the 98-year-old institution has achieved this milestone.
“I am thrilled that Citrus College continues to award an increasing number of associate degrees each year,” said president Dr. Geraldine M. Perri. “Conferring over 1,500 associate degrees demonstrates the entire Citrus College community’s efforts towards student completion.”
As a means of continuing efforts to educate all road users, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is presenting a new series of free bicycle traffic safety workshops. The program kicks off with a free training session at the Hughes Center this Saturday, June 22.
Work continues on Claremont High School’s new The Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts, with the Paul C. Miller construction company preparing to embark on $61,968.23 worth of finishing touches and upgrades.
Time flies, as the saying goes. The upcoming gathering of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education, set for Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m., is the last school board meeting of the year before the board adjourns for more than 6 weeks.
The board’s first order of business will be to approve the district’s application for a $27,586 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant for 2013-2014.
If the application is successful, the money will be used to fund equipment and staff release time for professional development in support of pre-existing and new Career Technical Education (CTE) courses.
Scotty Jacobson congratulates classmate Natalie Mendez after they received their diplomas Thursday during Claremont High School graduation. In total 675 students graduated from Claremont High School, San Antonio High School and Claremont Adult School. Check out our complete story and extended photo gallery. COURIER photo Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Library has an array of fun activities, many of them co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library, set for Wednesday afternoons throughout June and July.
On Wednesday, June 19, the library will kick off its Summer Reading Program with a program showcasing John Abram’s Animal Magic Show. Kids in kindergarten through 8th grade will enjoy a lively mix of magic, music and live exotic pets. Performances will be held at 2 and 3 p.m. Signups are required.
This summer, Chaparral sixth-grader Faith Nishimura is putting her social studies homework and geography lessons into real-world application.
The straight-A student prepares to travel across the globe this month to represent her Claremont elementary school through the People to People Student Ambassadors program, a competitive educational travel course designed to provide students with global awareness.
Faith will trade Claremont for Cambridge and County Cork as she goes solo to the United Kingdom and Ireland for a 3-week program abroad.
There were some moments of tension as the board prepared to vote on whether to approve the offer for the Service Center Property that D.R. Horton made at an auction held at the end of May. The homebuilder agreed to the district’s $7 million asking price, accompanied by a $10,000 deposit.
While the board and district at large seemed pleased with the results of the auction, Mr. Llanusa expressed chagrin the auction yielded no other conforming bids and no attendees other than D.R. Horton. It should be noted that there were 2 other bids submitted by company representatives before the auction, but one fell below the district’s price tag at $4.5 million and neither bid was accompanied by the required security deposit.
Not long ago, the Claremont Unified School District, besieged by a remarkable amount of turnover in its leadership, experienced some pretty rough waters. As residents will recall, from 2006 to 2012, CUSD saw a total of 3 superintendents, plus one interim superintendent, come and go.
Now CUSD’s rudderless state seems to be a thing of the past. At their Thursday, June 6 meeting, the school board voted to approve a 3-year contract for Superintendent Jim Elsasser, who was hired on to helm the district in June of 2012.