Those men, representing a large swath of rural Georgia, discussed a set of by-laws for the new organization, which is tentatively named the Georgia Public Schools Association. The committee likely will get together one more time before a larger group of all interested schools meet in January.
Working off a model based on the Georgia Independent School Assocation by-laws, the group drafted governing rules and regulations. The committee, whose members were nominated at a Dec. 13 meeting in Rochelle, Ga., also focused on details for cross country, football and softball – fall sports which would be the first administered by the
new GPSA during the 2012-13 school year. They said they hoped to have the framework of the by-laws in place prior to the larger meeting.
“I think we’ve done some great work, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Wilcox County principal Chad Davis said.
Wednesday’s meeting came a day after the Georgia High School Association changed its agenda for a Jan. 10 executive committee meeting. The amended agenda now includes a discussion of the public vs. private issue for Class A schools. The GHSA reclassification subcommittee will ask the overall executive committee to split up Class A public and private schools in all sports for the playoffs.
With Washington-Wilkes athletic director Robby Robinson and Warren County principal Kaveous Preston in attendance, the GPSA committee discussed rules and regulations that stayed pretty consistent with those in the GHSA and GISA by-laws with a few notable exceptions. The biggest difference is how the GPSA deals with transfer eligibility. The proposal calls for all transfers to be initially ruled as ineligible.
The leadership is aiming for a Jan. 9 meeting in Macon to discuss the new association. They said they will invite all public schools in the state and will ask for commitments to the new league by Feb. 15.