Greenbrier needs an isolation clause

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On Aug. 25, the Georgia High School Association announced changes to their reclassification system that were long overdue -- and unfortunately far too late.

For years everyone from school board members to administrators to parents have been asking for an isolation clause that would allow a school to change classification to compete athletically against other schools closer to home.

My kids play football at Greenbrier High School in Evans. We have to play in Region 3-AAAAA with Martin Luther King, Stephenson, Douglass and other high schools from east-metro Atlanta for the next two years -- against schools my kids have never heard of because we are the only AAAAA school in east Georgia (and will only be that size for one year because our county is opening a new school).

Many have begged for an isolation clause, or for the GHSA to go back to just four athletic classifications for years, for situations like ours for two primary reasons:

- Safety (we sometimes did not get home until after 3 a.m. the past two years, with everyone from parents to girlfriends driving highways after having been up since 6 a.m.);

- Lost time athletes spend out of the classroom.

I was upset -- and not alone -- that the GHSA now finally made this change, and it appears not for safety or classroom time, but for diesel prices. Where are their priorities? I think this is a clear signal that it is time for the Georgia Department of Education and the state legislature to take a long hard look at the GHSA. The NCAA is run by administrators, not coaches. It is clear from this action that high school sports in Georgia, and the kids who play them, deserve better. ...

Given the large deficits school systems are facing, the legislature needs to act now and allow schools to apply immediately under the isolation clause starting next year -- or, even better, to force an immediate reclassification back to four classifications to greatly reduce travel. ...

Randy Griffin, Evans

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justputtin
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justputtin 09/01/08 - 06:58 am
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Great points Randy. Thank you

Great points Randy. Thank you for your efforts!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 09/01/08 - 07:38 am
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It is idiotic isn't it Randy.

It is idiotic isn't it Randy. Good posits and great logic. Demonstrates how rules, just like govt, are often mindless and fail to respond to realities.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/01/08 - 09:08 am
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When are educators going to

When are educators going to realize that they must consider the children, their academics and safety?

Mcier
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Mcier 09/01/08 - 09:23 am
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Welcome to the good old boy

Welcome to the good old boy system.

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Big_vike 09/01/08 - 02:41 pm
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I have been complaining about

I have been complaining about this for weeks, started a post last week on the forums about it. Its not just Greenbrier, Laney in RC travels just as much to compete in AA. The bottom line at least for me is that academics should always come first, I am not advocating cancelling athletics but when push comes to shove we should always err on the side of academics. RC could not buy textbooks this year, yet they opened up a 9 Million dollar stadium (with hot tubs in the locker room) at Hephzibah High school. Its no wonder we as a state are consistently ranked at or near the bottom nationally as far as schools go.

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Martinez 09/01/08 - 02:42 pm
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If GHS felt they could win

If GHS felt they could win and compete at that level, they too would not be as concerned for the academics of it. I didn't hear them complaining when their scheduled included Brunswick, Effingham, Statesboro etc.

Martinez
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Martinez 09/01/08 - 02:45 pm
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Laney elected to be the only

Laney elected to be the only richmond county school that would not change divisions this year. It was a choice your administration made again because they wanted to stay in a different class, one they felt they could compete better in. Had they moved up like all other RC schools did and was agreed upon by all of the staff and administration during meetings - they would travel no further then columbia county.

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willistontownsc 09/01/08 - 03:55 pm
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Great LTE. My alma mater,

Great LTE. My alma mater, Williston-Elko, goes to Ridgeville this Friday to play Ashley Ridge High School, a new school in Dorchester County. That is more than 70 miles away and the longest road trip I've known to happen during the regular season. The Blue Devils team won't get home until after midnight this weekend. We also have to travel to the capital city of Columbia this year to play C.A. Johnson High School in Region 4-A play.

So yeah, I can see where Mr. Griffin is coming from.

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giwi 09/01/08 - 04:44 pm
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Hey! It is GHS's time to

Hey! It is GHS's time to travel! Evans did it!!!

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bone 09/01/08 - 05:43 pm
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do you remember one of the

do you remember one of the reasons EHS had to travel, giwi? i do: it's because GHS coaches voted to not allow an isolation clause for EHS the year Evans was AAAAA.

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Little Lamb 09/02/08 - 08:09 am
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About the safety issue over

About the safety issue over driving until 3 a.m. Did anybody ever think about staying in a motel and coming home the next morning all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?

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Pickett 09/03/08 - 05:23 pm
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@Little Lamb: Who do you want

@Little Lamb: Who do you want to pay for that? It's not cheap to house a 5A football team and cheerleaders.
This is ridiculous. I can't believe the GHSA did not just step in and give the Isolation clause automatically for all the reasons listed above. It doesn't affect anything in the grand scheme of things. Greenbrier definitely does not have a competitive advantage.
Let's pray that all students, athletes, and family travel safely.
Shame on the GHSA.

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