The Georgia High School Association will place its nearly 450 member schools in regions for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, football state powers Marist and Carver of Columbus chose on Monday to play in higher classifications next season. They were among 27 schools opting to play higher than their enrollments placed them.
Marist, which has AA enrollment numbers, has chosen to play in a higher class for years and will return to AAAA again next season.
But Carver’s move was a surprise to many. Carver has averaged 12 victories a season in football since 2006 playing in AAA and AA. Enrollment increases put Carver at AAAA for next season, but the school chose to make a two-class jump to AAAAA to allow more of Muscogee County’s schools to play together.
Also choosing to play up is Columbus, Shaw and Northside of Columbus. Another Muscogee school, Hardaway, was placed in AAAAA as the seventh-smallest school in that class. Rather than strand the school system’s largest school, the Columbus schools chose to play up in hopes of forming a Muscogee-dominated region. Nearby LaGrange also will compete in AAAAA, one higher than slated by enrollment.
Southwest DeKalb also chose to play in AAAAA after its enrollment placed the school in AAAA. Southwest DeKalb will remain with rivals Stephenson and M.L. King.
Placing schools in to regions is the final major step in the reclassification process. The GHSA executive committee will meet Jan. 14 in Macon to hear final appeals and ratify reclassification.
Schools opting to play up:
Hampton (new school in Henry County)
Coretta Scott King
Davidson Fine Arts
Savannah Arts Academy
Technical Career Magnet