Claremont Unified School District board member Hilary LaConte, center, Claremont resident Joe Farrell, left, and former board member Sam Mowbray, right, are the 3 candidates who are vying for the 2 open seats on the CUSD school board this fall. The road to November 8th is officially starting this month with all 3 candidates hosting their campaign kick-off parties and participating in their first candidate forums. The candidates will also use the next 2 months to garner support before Election Day. As the candidates begin their campaigns, the COURIER interviewed each of the candidates to get their thoughts on some of the major issues affecting CUSD.
The grand opening of the
new Claremont Lincoln
University is just the beginning
of what Claremont
School of Theology and partner
organizations hope will be an
ongoing effort to positively impact
With the theme, â??Reclaiming the Wisdom
That Weâ??ve Lost in Translation,â?
Claremont Lincoln University held its
2011 Fall Convocation inside the Selley
G. Mudd Theater on Tuesday with several
guest speakers from different religious
backgrounds calling for unity
between religious leaders to help address
local, national and global problems.
Sumner Elementary School will not
be going into Program Improvement
for the 2011-12 school year.
After being on the Program Improvement watch
list during the 2010-11 year, Sumner increased by 23
points (836 to 859) in its Academic Performance
Index (API) score and met the Academic Yearly
Progress targets in both English and math for all 4 of
its significant subgroups.
School District is one of
many districts in the
United States benefiting from
categorical funding. Yet the state
and federal funds are made up of
many layers that support countless
With more than 20 funding areas representing
over 50 programs, categorical funding
is intended for specific purposes to help
meet the needs of districts across the country. Cameraman Brandon Ziska and soundman Roman Gonzales practice their video making
skills with Nick Guido, left, at Claremont High School class. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Fourteen new educators will help to make an impact
at 7 different Claremont Unified School District
campuses this year.
Claremont High School welcomed 7 new instructors
in areas of foreign language, mathematics, physics and
special education. Oakmont Outdoor School has added 2
new teachers and a school psychologist while El Roble
Intermediate School, San Antonio High School Sumner-
Danbury Elementary, Sycamore Elementary and Vista
del Valle Elementary each added one certified employee.
School District plans to
have its next superintendent
in place by June 2012.
The CUSD board unanimously approved
a resolution at their board
meeting that will begin with developing a
request for proposal in October to be sent
out to executive search firms in November.
Claremont Unified School District's
Vicky Walker will oversee the
Claremont High School's Wolfpacket
CHS made the announcement, bringing to an end
a search that lasted for several months after former advisor
Allison Evans submitted her resignation in November 2010.
Ms. Walker will transition from El Roble Intermediate
School to CHS to carry out the position that also includes
teaching sophomore English courses.
"Journalism is what I've always done," Ms. Walker said. "Advising on the Wolfpacket is the
ultimate connection of my career as an educator within the
field of journalism." COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Chaparral Elementary School's new principal Julie Olesniewicz believes nurturing the "whole child" is vital to providing a good education. Appointed by the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education on June 2nd, Ms. Olesniewicz is succeeding former Chaparral Principal Lori Kerns and wants to continue the school's endeavor to develop students academically, socially and holistically.
In kindergarten, Abbie Ernst joined
Girl Scouts at the “Daisy” level, delighting
in sewing pillows, decorating
pumpkins for the Village Venture and
playing games with her wee girlfriends.
Now a Claremont High School senior,
Abbie will soon culminate her 12-years of
scouting by obtaining the “Gold Award,”
the highest achievement possible within
the Girl Scouts of the USA, and one rarely
The Claremont Unified School District
Board of Education voted to
approve Oakmont Outdoor
School’s new principal on Wednesday at a
special board meeting.
Phelan Elementary School Principal Stacey Stewart
was appointed by a unanimous 5-0 vote by the board and
will begin at Oakmont in a part-time role starting next
Claremont Unified School District Board President Beth Bingham will not run for a 2nd board term this November. The health issues of her husband, Paul, was the primary reason Ms. Bingham decided she would not enter this yearâ??s race. Mr. Bingham has been recovering from encephalitis and a recent bone marrow transplant.
It’s been more than a year since the
Foothill Country Day School board of
trustees appointed the school’s 5th
head of school but Michael Silva has finally
arrived after completing his headmaster
obligations at Norfolk Academy’s
Mr. Silva, who arrived in June, is now a month into
his tenure at Foothill and wants to become as familiar
with the school’s community as he can before the
school year begins in September.
Interim Superintendent Gloria Johnston stated at the July 28th board meeting that a special meeting would be held when a leading candidate was chosen. That day is Wednesday.
The Claremont Unified School District Board of Education cast its vote on the leading candidate for the principal position at Oakmont Outdoor School during a special board meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center.