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GHSA schools to be placed in new regions

Region placement to be set today for schools in GHSA

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The Georgia High School Asso­ciation Reclassification Committee will make next season a little more clear when it places schools in regions today.

Laney's George Myers runs against Jefferson County. The schools have been in the same region but are likely to be in different classes next year.  FILE/STAFF
Laney's George Myers runs against Jefferson County. The schools have been in the same region but are likely to be in different classes next year.

On Nov. 21, GHSA-member schools were placed in classifications and had until Monday to request to play up. The new six-classification system goes into effect starting next school year and will remain in place for two years.

If a school wanted to move up, it could, with a Class A school going to Class AA, for example. Butler was placed in AAA but is instead going to Class AAAA.

Harlem is choosing to stay in Class AA.

“We’re not moving up. Whatever we’re going to do, we’ll do in AA,” Principal Dietmar Perez said. “In the past, it was advantageous (to move up), with the AAA schools in Augusta. It was based on travel and money.”

With this reclassification, local schools will be more spread out.

The new system tentatively has Evans, Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lake­side in Class AAAAA; Burke Coun­ty, Cross Creek, Hephzibah and Rich­mond Academy in Class AAAA; and But­ler, Glenn Hills, Jeff­erson County, Swainsboro, Thom­son and Washington County in Class AAA.

Harlem, Josey, Laney, Screven Coun­ty, Washington-Wilkes and Westside were put in Class AA, while Aquinas, A.R. Johnson, Davidson Fine Arts, Glas­cock County, Lincoln County and Warren County were placed in Class A.

After the committee places schools in regions today, appeals for lateral transfers will be heard Dec. 19.

The reclassification will be ratified Jan. 10.

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localsportsadvocate 12/06/11 - 10:38 am
Richmond County BOE, and its

Richmond County BOE, and its Athletic Director, you have done the wrong thing! You should have made all the Richmond County high school play in one Region. It is for political reasons I'm sure. Do they understand how much travel and how expensive it will cost in gas for these teams to travel to the different teams they will be playing? Money (lack of tickets sold), safety (students on buses traveling 2 and 3 hours away), academics (some of these athletes do study), these things are all going to suffer! It is a terrible decision not having every team play in one Region, especially when the school are suffering and teachers are being furloughed. What a shame!

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