Muscogee schools could face multiplier under new classification plan

dmitchell@ledger-enquirerApril 13, 2013 

Schools that get a significant number of students from outside of their district could be forced to compete in a higher classification for athletics, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

At risk of getting elevated in class, the AJC said, are magnet, charter and open-enrollment schools common in larger school systems in counties like Muscogee.

The GHSA classifies schools based on enrollment. This proposal is a multiplier of 1.35 on every student that does not live in the school district of a public school or service area of a private school.

Muscogee County athletic director Gary Gibson said that he wouldn't speculate on what would happen at the meeting, but that should the proposal pass it's possible the county will be affected.

"It could probably cause most schools to move up a class," he said. "We're just not sure until the committee meets on Sunday."

GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin told the AJC that it may be unlikely the proposal passes because it is impractical to force every school to track those statistics on their student bodies.

’Every school would have to compute who lives in the district and who doesn’t,’’ Swearngin said, “and then we [the GHSA] are bound by the honor code – we either trust [the numbers] or we don’t. It just seems impractical in many ways.’’

The plan would also affect both private and public city schools such as powers Buford, Gainesville, Cartersville and Calhoun.

The proposal, which was submitted by Lovett, will be debated and voted upon at a Georgia High School Association meeting on Sunday-Monday.

David Mitchell, 706-571-8571; Follow David on Twitter @leprepsports.

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