The Foundation Skills Assesment results are out for 2008, and the Superintendant for School District 60 is pleased with the numbers. Larry Espe appeared on Moose FM’s Issues and Answers on Wednesday morning, to give an update from the school board.Espe says he’s proud that the Grade 4 and 7 results have surpassed the provincial average on four out of six exams. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=2224|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=368c6682fca3b87e80cc662db40273ba-Espe 2_3_Pub.mp3] Aboriginal students beat the provincial average on five out of six assesments. He says that while the report showed declining graduation numbers in district 60, he says the 2009 number show that trend to be reversing.In 2008, graduation numbers dipped to only 64 per cent. Espe says, the 2009 numbers are sitting around 73 per cent. Advertisement He says the school board contacts students to encouarge them to complete their courses. [asset|aid=2225|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=368c6682fca3b87e80cc662db40273ba-Espe 3_4_Pub.mp3] Enrolment numbers have increased by 70 students this year.Espe says the Ministry of Education predicts that number will skyrocket to 900 more kids by 2017. Advertisement To accomodate that influx, the school board has been looking at alternative teaching facilities. Earlier this year, the school board submitted a proposal to the ministry, to use empty rooms in the Enerplex as classrooms. [asset|aid=2227|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=368c6682fca3b87e80cc662db40273ba-Espe 1_3_Pub.mp3] Espe says in the meantime, the school board will have to be creative with accommodating more students in the current facilities.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Matt Valaika will go down as one of the finest soccer players the Santa Clarita Valley has produced, a notion supported by Hart High’s decision to make his jersey the first retired by the boys’ soccer team. Valaika shattered the school single-season scoring record with an area-best 41 goals, and he is the Daily News’ Santa Clarita Valley Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year. The third-year varsity starter repeated as Foothill League Player of the Year. He also was selected first-team All-Southern Section Div. II. Valaika scored a school-record six goals in a game early in the season and continued to turn in such gaudy stats that by the time league play began, he was attracting several defenders at a time. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe went on to surpass the previous single-season scoring record by 13 goals. Valaika netted 68 goals in his last two seasons. Not bad for someone who considers soccer a hobby. He is headed to UC Santa Barbara on a baseball scholarship, making this likely his final season of organized soccer. Valaika led Hart (22-3-1) to an undefeated Foothill League season. – Heather Gripp