Photo: Crews from both Charlie Lake and Fort St. John spent several hours fighting the fire – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca Pinkerton says he estimates the damage caused will cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars. – Advertisement -A fire at the Charlie Lake Meat Shop has caused extensive damage to the building.The fire broke out at the shop at Quigley Road and the Alaska Highway around 9:10 p.m. Saturday night.The fire was caused by a heating source for the shop’s water pump. The heating source had turned and was against the wall, says Al Pinkerton, the fire chief for the Charlie Lake Fire Department.Five trucks were called out to the scene. Three were from Charlie Lake and two were from Fort St. John.It took more than two hours to put out the fire.Advertisement
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“These results show great improvement since students began taking the exam in their sophomore year,” said state Superintendent of Public Schools Jack O’Connell. “We must focus now on doing everything possible for those students whose graduation must be postponed because they have not yet mastered the skills in English and math that they will need to succeed past high school.” About 2.1 percent of 4,125 seniors in school districts in Whittier, Norwalk, La Mirada, Pico Rivera and Santa Fe Springs failed the exit exam. About 1.5 percent of El Rancho High School’s Class of 2006 failed the exam, or 10 out of 634 seniors, Principal Julie Ellis said. At the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, 48 out of 1,223 seniors – about 4 percent – couldn’t pass the exam, district officials said. And at the Whittier Union High School District, which had the lowest exit exam fail rate (0.7 percent) among area districts, 17 out of 2,278 seniors were unable to pass the crucial test. Of the 17, 16 are English learners, said Nancy Bosserman, the district’s director of accountability and staff development. “We have all of our data now, and the first thing we did was inform those that didn’t pass, because their lives were basically hanging on the brink,” she said. “We’re now using the data \ to place students in summer school,” she added. A recent court battle over the exam had created anxiety and confusion for thousands of students, parents and schools. A group of English-learning students who failed the exam had sued to block its implementation this year. The students argued the test was discriminatory, claiming California students do not have access to equal preparation and instruction. An Alameda County Superior Court judge then issued an injunction May 12 that barred the state from imposing the exam as a graduation requirement on this year’s class of graduating seniors. However, the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling last week and sent the case to an appeals court. That court will not hear arguments until July. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sent a second lawsuit over the exam to the appeals court. On Thursday, the lower court rejected another request to halt the test as a graduation requirement. Some districts are opting to allow students who have met all other graduation requirements to walk across the stage with their peers anyway – but not in the Whittier area. Norwalk-La Mirada district officials approved allowing seniors who have completed all other requirements but the exit exam to receive “certificates of completion.” Those students, however, still have to attend summer school and pass the exit exam in order to get diplomas. O’Connell wrote the exit exam legislation while he was a state senator in 1999 and has been one of its strongest supporters. He said students who haven’t yet passed the test an take summer school or remedial courses, another year of high school or go to community college, where they can take the test again. Wire services contributed to this story. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Eighty-five local high school seniors will suffer the consequences of failing the state’s high school exit exam, according to the test’s final results released Thursday. Because they failed their last chance to pass the controversial exam this year – the first year the test became a graduation requirement – those area seniors will not participate in graduation ceremonies this month, nor will they receive valid California high school diplomas. Statewide, about 10 percent of seniors – or 41,758 students – were unable to pass the reading and math portions of the 10th-grade- level exam in time for this year’s commencement ceremonies, according to the results released Thursday for tests taken in March.