The Georgia High School Association reclassification committee agreed at a meeting Sunday in Macon, Ga., to a plan that will divide the state into four classifications for the regular season and eight for the playoffs and one that a school district official believes likely will place most of Muscogee County's high schools in one of two regions.
The proposal will be submitted for a vote Monday to the organization's executive committee, which meets at the Macon Marriott City Center at 9 a.m.
It is likely Hardaway, Northside, Columbus and Shaw will be Class AAAA lower division programs, Carver will be a Class AAA lower division program and Kendrick, Spencer, Jordan will be in one of the Class AA divisions together for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, according to MCSD system-wide athletic director Gary Gibson, who attended Sunday's meeting.
The enrollment numbers used in the mock-ups of the reclassification plan are from 2009 and do not apply to most Columbus schools for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, Gibson said. The school district's current exact enrollment numbers and projected numbers for those school years were not immediately available. If the proposal passes Monday, Gibson said there likely will be another set of meetings to determine the exact enrollment cutoff numbers and an executive committee vote in May.
In this new structure, teams will compete against opponents in their classification throughout the season but will be divided into two playoff divisions per classification, one for those with higher enrollment and one for those with lower enrollment. For instance, the school with the largest enrollment to win a football state champion will be the Class AAAA Upper Division champion in 2012 while another team in that classification will become the Class AAAA Lower Division champion.
Other possible ideas considered included adding a sixth classification or recalculating the way enrollment numbers are divided.