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.
The Claremont Unified School District Nutrition Services Department will be serving free breakfast and lunch to all children ages one to 18 years of age at 4 following school sites this summer.
The schedule is as follows: June 17 through August 16 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 to noon at Mountain View Elementary School, 851 Santa Clara Ave., Claremont; June 17 through August 9 from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Any many more in our full story.
The Claremont High School Class of 2016 is saluting the start of summer with a fundraiser, “Swashbuckling Summer Starter Dinner and a Movie Night,” set for Saturday, June 29 from 5 to 10 p.m.
For $10, guests can enjoy dinner, popcorn and a screening of the 2003 Disney film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” starring Johnny Depp. Dinner is a hamburger or 2 hotdogs, chips and a drink. All proceeds will go to fund the CHS Class of 2016’s senior grad outing.
Members of the class of 2013 begin the processional on Sunday during Claremont High School’s Baccalaureate Service at Claremont United Church of Christ. The multi-disciplinary religious service featured readings from students, music, and the Baccalaureate Address from Reverend Edward Acosta. Check out our complete coverage. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Pitzer College appointed Brian A. Carlisle as the college’s new vice president for student affairs. Mr. Carlisle will take the post on July 22.
Mr. Carlisle comes to Pitzer from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where he has served as the dean of students since 2010. At Eau Claire, he was responsible for counseling, student health, student organizations, student legal services, international student programs, the Women’s and LGBT Resource Center, and the Center for the Awareness of Sexual Assault.
A special gathering of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education was held on Tuesday, May 21, aimed at community members who live near San Antonio High School.
The residents were asked to voice their opinions with regards to the possible placement of a new CUSD Service Center at the local continuation high school. Several people showed displeasure at the idea, expressing that a single-family neighborhood such as theirs is an inappropriate venue for an industrial facility.
It all happened in record time for the Claremont Unified School District when the its Service Center property, located at 700 Base Line Rd., was auctioned off in less than 5 minutes.
Rich Blogg, senior vice president of land acquisitions, on behalf of homebuilder D.R. Horton, made the conforming bid. The bid will be brought before the school board for approval at their next meeting, set for Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
D.R. Horton has agreed to pay CUSD’s $7 million asking price, with a $10,000 deposit, for the nearly 144,000-foot property.
With the auction of the Claremont Unified School District’s current Service Center property approaching on Wednesday, May 29, the district is continuing its efforts to plan the perfect replacement for its center of operations.
The auction, which is open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. in the board room of the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center, located at 170 W. San Jose Ave.
Several weeks ago, Service Center Director Rick Cota submitted a proposal to the school board and the CUSD community at large, suggesting that the San Antonio High School campus, the site of Claremont’s continuation and community day schools, would be a viable site for the new center.
Ask El Roble physical education teacher Terri Kegans, who helps run her family’s longstanding Ducey Swim School and is an incorrigible volunteer, how she does it all. Her answer is emphatic: teamwork.
It’s true that Ms. Kegans relies heavily on her fellow PE teachers, who exemplify the camaraderie that prompted the California Department of Education to name El Roble Intermediate School a 2013 California Distinguished School.
Mahmoud A.K. Harmoush smiles as he takes the stage to receive his master’s degree on Tuesday during commencement for Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Lincoln University. Mr. Harmoush, who received a master of arts in religious leadership in Muslim contexts, was among 11 students in the first graduating class of the new Claremont Lincoln University. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Jay McMillan embraces his daughter Rachel after she received her diploma on Sunday during commencement at Claremont McKenna College. Seven of the 8 Claremont Colleges held their graduations over the weekend with celebrations both big and small. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Terri Kegans hugs a colleague after she was named CUSD Teacher of the Year for 2013 during Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting in Claremont. Ms. Kegans teaches physical education at El Roble, where she has been instrumental in starting a number of programs for the students. Dozens of her co-workers, family and friends were on hand to congratulate Ms. Kegans for her award.
For those who need a little liquid courage to get the creative juices flowing, Claremont Craft Ales and Otterspace Arts have the remedy. Art on Tap—an adults-only art class now offered once a month at Craft Ales—has the brews and the brushes necessary to lead its guests more calmly into the creative process.
“And if you are still struggling, you can always have another beer,” co-instructor Mary Beth Fletcher suggested.
With Art on Tap, art teachers and best friends Mary Beth Fletcher and Jen Rosen are taking a night away from the lesson plans for kindergarten through eighth grade students.
Participants in the 36th annual El Roble Intermediate School 24-hour Bike Marathon enter the backstretch on the school’s track Thursday afternoon. Dozens of 8th grade students participated in the event in which teams of riders circled the track continuously from 12:30 p.m. Thursday until 12:30 p.m. Friday. This year the students raised money for Foothill Family Shelter in Upland and hope to donate as much as $6000. The top boy rider is Alex Navazi who rode 535 laps and the top girl is Alexandra Guschu who went 490 laps. More in our next edition COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff