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SCCS plans to increase competition

Posted: August 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
From left, Kirk Huckabone and Mark Wilson. From left, Kirk Huckabone and Mark Wilson.
From left, Kirk Huckabone and Mark Wilson.

Santa Clarita Christian School recently hired a new administrator and a new principal in a bid to become more competitive.

Academic rivalry is on the increase, said Scott Basolo, senior pastor for Santa Clarita Baptist Church, which administers the school.

“What we’ve really seen is that there’s a really competitive nature in the private school system today,” Basolo said. “In order to do our best and provide the best product, we wanted to make sure the oversight of a pretty large ministry is being done to the maximum of our abilities.”

Kirk Huckabone was hired as the school’s administrator and will oversee the school’s new principal and the administration of the school. Mark Wilson, who will be the school’s new principal, was previously an interim faculty member at The Master’s College and, before that, he was an administrator for Rainier Christian High School, a private school in Washington state.

Huckabone was previously principal for Wasuma Elementary in the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District in Ahwahnee, near Yosemite National Park.

“Right off the bat, the first goal is to see what God’s already doing here,” Wilson said, “and then get on board with what God’s already doing here. Then, once we find that out, we can really look at what God wants us to do.”

The school hired the men last week after a search that began in the fall, Basolo said.

The school’s former principal, Derek Swales, took a position with West Valley Christian in West Hills.

SCCS was looking for someone who could improve on the school’s solid academic foundation, Basolo said.
Basolo said the school hasn’t had an administrator position for the last two years, but adding Huckabone to the leadership team will allow for a “top-two approach,” making it easier for the school to address students’ needs.

“They have a keen understanding of the demands that exist in the private and the public sector,” Basolo said, “and the skills to identify those disciplines that are best in demand.”

The competition among schools for enrollment has increased significantly in the last few years, according to Basolo.

Some members of the congregation take their children to schools as far away as Thousand Oaks, and the area of competition is now essentially the northern Los Angeles County region, not just the Santa Clarita Valley.


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