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Halifax Christian School names new administrator

Rick Stigile recently assumed the duties as the new administrator of Halifax Christian School (HCS) for the 2010-11 academic year and said he is looking forward to a successful year of educating students at the Christian school located adjacent to Halifax Square Shopping Center in Centerville.

Stigile, who also serves as the senior pastor at South Boston Church of God, is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. with a degree in biblical education.

He explained that he views HCS as a ministry extension of the South Boston Church of God that has consistently upheld its standard of excellence in education.

He and his wife, Tammy, have two children, both of whom are currently completing their higher education at Lee University.

The new administrator said he is eager to help HCS continue to provide an excellent opportunity for academic achievement.

“With our open enrollment policy, new students are welcomed throughout the school year,” he said. “Families who have placed their students in HCS have found tremendous satisfaction with their progress and development.”

In the midst of the ongoing challenges of education in today’s school, Stigile said HCS continues to produce students with high academic achievement and outstanding moral character, he added.

Since 1997, HCS has provided a quality education focusing on the needs of the individual student using the individualized, Bible-based curriculum of Accelerated Christian Education (ACE).

Stigile explained that upon testing the student’s current knowledge and skills, each student begins his study at the point of understanding.

“Far too often, a student in a traditional classroom setting may not grasp the material currently being presented, and yet is forced to move forward to the next level of concepts. This type of approach only creates a weak foundation for the student’s comprehension,” Stigile said.

“At HCS, no student is permitted to move forward until he has successfully grasped the concepts and ideas of the current level. Personalized assistance is provided to ensure that each student is moving forward at a successful pace,” he added.

During the 2009-10 school year, Stigile said HCS students had a 90 percent grade point average in all subject areas.

Many students completed well beyond one year’s standard academic expectations, he added.

HCS has been in existence for 13 years, and during that time, Stigile said 94 percent of the graduating students have continued their education at various colleges and universities.