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.
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.