LAKE VIEW TERRACE : School Celebrates New Charter Status

Fenton Avenue Charter School in Lake View Terrace celebrated its opening as a charter school Friday, a ceremony that was delayed four months because of earthquake damage to the school.

The charter program allows 10 schools in each district in California to receive funding directly from the state and determine what they will do with that money. Fenton Avenue is the second elementary school in the San Fernando Valley to become a charter school.

Irene Sumida, the director of instruction at Fenton Avenue, said that through the charter program the school has been able "to reduce the size of classes, have after-school programs until 4:30 p.m., enjoy a healthy surplus and restore the salaries of the teachers to what it was before the pay cut two years ago."

The opening, which was attended by Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Sid Thompson and Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Panorama City), was celebrated in conjunction with the school's second annual International Festival.

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