From the Claremont Unified School
District board of education and the
superintendent to principals and
teachers, 2011 was marked with a high volume
of changes in personnel for the district.
The year began with the board approving the resignation
of former Superintendent Terry Nichols, who left
the district in late February to become the superintendent
of Duarte Unified School District.
The Claremont Educational Foundation’s
(CEF) support for Claremont
Unified School District schools has
reached new heights during the past 2 years.
The organization will aim even higher in
After raising nearly $30,000 during its annual kickoff
at the home of Ivan and Beth Misner last month,
CEF is gearing up for its March Radness and Toyota
Prius Raffle events in hopes of contributing $300,000 or
more to CUSD in the coming year.
Students with disabilities are just one
of several student groups the Claremont
Unified School District will
give extra focus to this year.
Director of Special Education Judy Geske and Coordinator
of Special Education Gina Ramallo presented
part of an updated Local Educational Agency (LEA)
plan at the December 15 meeting that revealed the current
progress of the Students With Disabilities subgroup
and steps the district will to take to increase student
The Claremont Unified School District board unanimously elected Jeff Stark as its new board president during the board's annual organizational meeting Thursday.
Mr. Stark had served as board vice president throughout the 2011 governing board year and now succeeds former board president Beth Bingham, who chose not to run for board member re-election this year. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The return of Claremont resident Sam Mowbray to the Claremont Unified School District board dais and the boardâ??s annual organizational meeting highlight tonightâ??s board meeting at the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center.
The Claremont Museum of Art’s
new Project ARTstART program
gave more than 25 Claremont
High School students a chance to experience
Claremont art history at the Huntington Library
on November 30.
Entitled The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and
Art in the Pomona Valley 1945-1985, the latest exhibit at
the Huntington Library showcases the furniture works of
Mr. Maloof along with paintings of Karl Benjamin and Millard
Sheets, among others.
Vista del Valle Elementary School
Principal David Stewart and his
wife, Oakmont Outdoor School
Principal Stacey Stewart are 2 of the
newest principals in the Claremont Unified
School District. Yet the couple has
high aspirations for their respective
Both Mr. and Ms. Stewart want to see Oakmont and
Vista del Valle become more attractive to the community
as they foster the many interests of their students.
“It comes down to what do we want the community
to say and know about our school,” Mr. Stewart said. “We
want to be the destination school, a place where people
want their kids to go."
The upper floor of the
Raymond M. Alf Museum
has recently undergone a $1.8
million renovation that modernizes
the space and continues
to preserve the legacy of its
Housing the museum's history, along
with exhibits on the earth's history, geologic
time divisions and student research,
the Alf Museum's Hall of Life
will now implement information and
exhibits involving the latest discoveries
Claremont Unified School District
Assistant Superintendent of Student
Services Mike Bateman and
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Kevin Ward were both promoted
at Thursday’s board meeting.
Mr. Bateman was formerly the “executive director”
of students services and Mr. Ward was formerly the
“director” of human resources prior to receiving their
new titles after a unanimous vote by the CUSD board
Forget the typical school fundraisers
and bake sale brownies. Claremont
High School has joined the food
More than 1200 people crowded the school Saturday
afternoon to take part in Claremont High School's first
ever gourmet food truck fundraiser.
Thirteen gourmet food trucks wheeled their way onto
campus drawing crowds to raise funds for the CHS music
program. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Honnold-Mudd Library
of the Claremont
Colleges is honoring
the 400th anniversary of the
King James Bible with a
Entitled, Manifold Greatness: The King
James Bible According to Claremont, the
exhibit kicked off on Thursday inside the
Honnold-Mudd Library with a short lecture
by Claremont Graduate University
School of Arts and Humanities professor
Lori Anne Ferrell and tours of more than
60 items related to the King James Bible
and its effect on both American and Claremont
history. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
After several months mapping out
Claremont Unified School District’s
vision, core values, and
goals, a decision has been made. The final
draft of the district’s strategic plan was
unanimously approved at Thursday night’s
The strategic plan will “provide the essential framework
needed to create a road map for the next 3 years,”
according to CUSD Interim District Superintendent Dr.
Sylvia Nasar began her
career with a degree in
literature and little
knowledge of economics.
Today, the New York-based
author has made millions combining
the 2 disciplines.
Ms. Nasar has been honored as a recipient
of the National Book Critics Circle
Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, both
for her biography A Beautiful Mind,
which also garnered Oscar gold with a
movie rendition by director Ron Howard.
With a reserve that totals
more than its
budget, the Baldy View Regional
(ROP) has been questioned by
Claremont Unified School
District Interim Superintendent
Ms. Johnston believes Baldy View
ROP could provide more funding to
CUSD and the other districts the organization
serves. Baldy View ROP’s budget is $7
to $8 million with the reserves going into
this fiscal year totaling approximately $9