GHSA reclassification process begins

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 12, 2013 

It is that time once again -- reclassification for schools in the Georgia High School Association.

The GHSA goes through the process every two years to try and account for schools that grow or contract. The schools are placed into somewhat six even classifications in an effort to promote competitiveness.

The GHSA released the numbers of students at each of its schools Monday. Schools have until Friday to dispute those numbers. Then next Monday, the reclassification committee will meet to place teams into classifications.

The GHSA can put 14-17 percent of the schools into the five largest classes with the smallest 21-22 percent placed into Class A.

Two years ago when the GHSA performed that exercise, it placed 63 schools in Class AAAAAA, followed by 75, 77, 65 and 66 through AA. Ninety-nine went into A.

It is highly unlikely those exact numbers will take place this time.

But if it did, here is what would happen with the 10 GHSA schools in the Bi-City area.

• Harris County (1,584 students) and Hardaway (1,485) would remain in AAAAA.

• Northside (1,324) would drop down to AAAA.

• Columbus (1,292) and Shaw (1,207) would stay in AAAA.

• Carver (1,182) would move up to AAAA.

• Kendrick (841) would move up to AAA.

• Spencer (786), Jordan (717) and Chattahoochee County (470) would stay in AA.

• Brookstone (322) and Pacelli (196) would remain in A.

However, schools have until Dec. 2 to submit their intent to play in a higher classification.

Schools in Muscogee County have done that at times over the years, although for the past four years, each of the eight schools have been allowed to play in their natural classification.

But doing that leads to increased travel costs.

The decision whether to force the schools to play in a different classification will come from MCSD superintendent David Lewis, according to system-wide athletics director Gary Gibson.

"He will look at the travel costs and ticket sales," Gibson said Tuesday. "Ultimately, it will be his decision."

Once teams are in their final classification, they will placed into regions on Dec. 3. There are usually eight regions per classification.

Schools then have until Dec. 13 to ask for a lateral transfer to another region.

The reclassification will hear any appeals on Dec. 17, then the executive committee will hear any final appeals on Jan. 14.

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