THOMASTON — Class A remains in limbo after the Georgia High School Association opted not to go forward with any plans for reorganization.
According to GHSA minutes Thursday, committee chair Curt Miller motioned to stop any further discussion at the meeting, which was held after the league heard region appeals from a handful of schools.
Class A public school and private school representatives will later meet with GHSA leader Dr. Robin Hines to determine “an equitable solution” for the classification. The motion to do so was seconded and passed unanimously.
Proposals had been made to recombine public and private school divisions of Class A because of the recent exodus of private schools to the Georgia Independent School Association for sports and activities. Lakeview Academy became the most recent to announce its departure on Wednesday.
Deerfield-Windsor, St. Anne-Pacelli, George Walton Academy, Heritage of Newnan, First Presbyterian Day, Mount de Sales and Stratford Academy are among others making the switch. Most are returnees to the league, while Pacelli and Lakeview have been GHSA since starting sports. Other schools are said to be considering a jump to the GISA.
Less than 25 of the currently remaining GHSA Class A private schools for 2022-24 play football. Thirty-two teams participate in each bracket for GHSA football championships.
Proposals considered before the discussion was tabled Thursday included one to combine public and private schools in Class A, but divide them according to enrollment size: a large division and smaller division. Another proposal was to combine all of the schools during the regular season, but split them into public and private divisions in the playoffs. The current setup, with public and private school championships, began in 2012.
The GHSA’s minutes mention that many Class A representatives had different opinions. “Many of the larger Class A school representatives in the audience spoke against both proposals, while a few of the smaller Class A school reps spoke in support of the proposal made by (Steven) Craft and (Jasper Jewell.” Jewell and Craft proposed splitting Class A into large and small school divisions.
Another proposal was to allow the multiplier for out-of-district students to push schools out of Class A. Currently, Class A schools cannot be moved to a higher classification because of the multiplier. Others at the meeting, according to GHSA minutes, mentioned that would affect other classifications, which have already determined regions for 2022-24.
No date(s) have been announced for further discussion about Class A.