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Human resources items to dominate school board meeting

The next meeting of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education is set for Wednesday, August 22 and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center (170 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont).

A number of items of interest to the community are on the agenda, including approval of the placement of former Sumner Elementary School Principal Frank D’Emilio as a classroom teacher at Vista del Valle Elementary School.

Last spring, Mr. D’Emilio was removed from the district entirely after failing to notify authorities of alleged sexual activity between 2 girls in the primary grades as well as a lack of forthrightness with regards to his response to the incidents. After community outcry, the longtime administrator’s request to be allowed to continue with the district as a classroom teacher was granted and he was reinstated.

There will also be an Educational Services report on the district’s progress in implementing a transitional kindergarten program this coming fall in compliance with state regulations.

The board will be asked to approve agreements with a number of contractors, including one music consultant for El Roble, another for Mountain View and a music instructor at Sycamore Elementary School.

Other contractors whose appointments require approval include members of the Gold Medal Tae Kwon Do Academy, who will present a staff inservice at Vista and Danbury schools; a supervisor for counseling interns, to oversee the local college students who earn credit by helping with the district’s counseling services; and a contract with ConductAbility, a nonprofit corporation that partners with Danbury to help nurture achievement, independence and self-esteem among students with neuro-motor impairments.

A number of special services contract agreements with adult education instructors are also up for approval. The teachers’ expertise ranges from Chinese brush painting to stained glass to Microsoft Office.

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