Pasadena, CA - The Celerity Exa Charter School was served with a notice Tuesday, August 26, 2014 to immediately vacate the premises at 1530 Elizabeth Street (William Carey International University Campus) due to substandard building conditions and life safety violations of the Pasadena Municipal and California Fire Codes. The Fire Department determined the school's building dangerous and unsafe to the school's approximate 300 students.
"The safety of children is our top priority and we take this situation very seriously," States Fire Marshal Calvin E. Wells.
The Fire Department received a call from a concerned parent about the violations which prompted an immediate response.
It was determined the school does not have a permit to operate an educational facility at the site, the building is not equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system, fire alarm system and maintains inadequate exiting.
The charter school, which opened in the fall of 2012, serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is operated by Celerity Educational Group, which oversees several charter schools throughout Southern California, as well as in Ohio, Florida and Louisiana.
Celerity EXA Charter School is chartered by The Pasadena Unified School District. Fire personnel immediately notified PUSD Administrators who have been cooperating and are in support of the Fire Department's decision.
The Fire Department continues to be diligent about fire prevention activities in an effort to adhere to codes and regulations.
For further information please contact Lisa Derderian, Public Information Officer, 626-945-5169.