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GHSA reclassification places schools in six different classes

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 1:49 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 12:02 AM
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The Georgia High School Association has placed member schools into classifications for the next cycle, though there could be some adjustments.

A handful of local schools changed classes during Monday’s meeting, with Evans moving up to Class AAAAAA one noticeable difference. The Knights were previously with Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside in Class AAAAA, where those three remained.

However, Evans could still move down and play with that group due to the isolation rule. A school would be considered isolated if the average distance for that school to others in its region is 100 miles or farther away.

“I went through the region. The closest to us, hypothetically, they’re all over 100 miles,” Evans athletic director Kevin Kenny said. “We’re isolated. There’s no doubt about that.”

Travel distance and school size will be considered when it comes to the GHSA possibly moving a school down a class, according to the GHSA site. Evans is currently listed as the seventh-smallest school in Class AAAAAA.

The latest six-classification setup takes place for the next two years, starting with the 2014-2015 school year. Schools have until Dec. 2 at noon to request to move up to a different classification and will then be placed in regions on Dec. 3. That would be when any change happens for Evans.

Elsewhere, in Class AAAA, Thomson moved up to join Burke County, Cross Creek and Richmond Academy.

Hephzibah and Glenn Hills moved down to Class AAA from Class AAAA. The Spartans are the smallest AAA school with 801 students. Westside is also new toAAA, as the Patriots were in Class AA.

Jefferson County, which barely missed going in AA for the last reclassification period, is there now with Harlem, Josey, Laney and Washington-Wilkes.

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

ISOLATION RULE

The Executive Director shall have the authority to work with any school that is geographically isolated within its region in order to resolve difficulties in travel and time out of class.

1. An individual school shall be considered to be isolated if the average distance from that school to all other schools in the region is 100 miles or more one way.

2. The decision to place a school in a higher or lower classification will be based on a combination of factors that include travel distances and school population size.

3. If two or three schools in a region are considered to be isolated (even if the average travel distance is less than 100 miles one way), the Reclassification Committee shall be authorized to place those schools in another classification based on travel distances and school population size.

4. If four or more schools in a region are considered to be isolated (even if the average travel distance is less than 100 miles one way), the Reclassification Committee shall be authorized to form a subdivided region in which crossover games with the other subdivision will not be mandatory for region standing.

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walter111 11/20/13 - 05:20 pm
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Where will thomson be playing in AAAA With Baldwin & co., With Burke co., Wayne co & co. or Stephens co. Salem & co. in that area? Note Augusta schools have not said where they are going! Please reply

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