Muscogee County School District could face tough decisions after reclassification

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 12, 2011 

The Georgia High School Association reclassification committee meets on Tuesday to place the 440 member high schools into one of six classifications for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

This will be the first time there are six classifications for the state.

The GHSA will place 22 percent of the schools in Class A. The rest will be split up among the largest five classes.

The Georgia High School Football Daily took the Department of Education numbers and gave us a glimpse at what could be coming Tuesday. However, the GHSA has the ability to go as small as 14 percent and as big as 17 percent for a classification.

If the GHSA decides to split up those classes evenly, it could force Muscogee County School District administrators into some uncomfortable decisions.

Hardaway would be placed in Class AAAAAA from AAAA and may the third smallest and about half the size of the largest school.

Northside would move up one to AAAAA, while Columbus and Shaw would go up one to AAAA. Carver would move up one to AAA, and Spencer, Kendrick and Jordan would remain in AA.

The last time reclassification came along, the MCSD decided to let teams play in the classification they fell into. This time, that is not likely to happen.

As travel costs continue to rise and the district facing even more funding cuts from the state, there will likely be some of the schools forced to move up in classification.

At the very least, Spencer, Kendrick and Jordan are likely to moved up to where they will be in the same class with Carver. Also, it wouldn't be surprising to see Northside moved up to AAAAAA.

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