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GHSA's reclassification to affect schools in area

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On Monday, the Georgia High School Association’s Reclassification Committee placed all of its member schools in one of six classifications for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years based on student numbers. Schools might go to a higher classification but should request to do so by Dec. 5, the GHSA’s Web site says.

Greenbrier High School Athletic Director Garrett Black, a member of the GHSA’s Executive Committee, said the six-classification system was the best way to both maintain parity and deal with geography concerns.

“It was a long process,” said Black, who is also the head softball coach at the school. “There were a lot of different opinions on how we should go about reclassification. To be honest with you, there is no perfect plan that is going to just make everybody happy.”

Many area schools could be in different classifications next school year.

Evans, Lakeside, Greenbrier and Grovetown were placed in Class AAAAA. Fellow Columbia County school Harlem was moved down one class to AA.

As for other local schools, Burke County, Cross Creek, Hephzibah and Richmond Academy are in AAAA.

In AAA, Butler, Glenn Hills, Thomson and Washington County stay put, but Jefferson County and Swainsboro come from AA.

Class AA is busier, with Harlem, Josey and Westside tentatively scheduled to go down from AAA, joining current AA schools Laney and Screven County. Washington-Wilkes jumps up a class.

“That’s something we had kind of hoped for,” Westside football coach Steve Hibbitts said about possibly moving down to AA. “There are competitive teams everywhere. I just think numbers-wise it helps us. There are still going to be great teams there.”

Finally, Aquinas, A.R. Johnson, Davidson Fine Arts, Glascock County, Lincoln County and Warren County are in Class A.

After the deadline to request to move up passes, the Reclassification Committee will place schools in regions on Dec. 6. Appeals of “lateral transfers” will then be heard on Dec. 19 before the reclassification is ratified on Jan. 10.

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Chillen 11/22/11 - 10:09 am
At least Columbia County

At least Columbia County didn't deliberately populate certain schools, thereby throwing just one school into a larger classification again as the "sacrificial lamb".

augfootballfan 11/22/11 - 05:04 pm
the RCBOE would be foolish

the RCBOE would be foolish not to have all Rich Co teams play in the same division as before. How can they justify having schools play in three different divisions thus travelling all over this part of Ga. If they all play in same division then travel expenses would be minimal. How can they tell teachers that they have 9 furlough days, yet allow the sports teams to play in three classes thus making travel expenses go up

Dawgfan8690 11/22/11 - 08:48 pm
I certainly hope Richmond

I certainly hope Richmond County does not appeal to move all their AA schools up again. There are enough AA schools now in our area that this is unnecessary and unfair. Keep putting those kids up against bigger schools and you will kill your athletic programs quicker than you can imagine. It is not fair to the kids who play. Heck, it was never fair for them to move all of the schools while allowing Laney to stay in AA the last time!

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