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GHSA Reclassification Committee Places Schools in Regions for 2012-2014
Tuesday, 06 December 2011

December 7-- New high school regions have been announced by the Georgia High School Association.

Region 2-Double A is sub-divided in two sub-regions with Vidalia, Toombs County, Metter, Jeff Davis County and Bacon County in Sub-Region A.  Sub-Region B will included Bryan County, Benedictine, Long County, McIntosh County Academy and St. Vincents.

In Class A, Region 3’s two sub-regions include Montgomery County, Treutlen, Wheeler County, Johnson County and Emanuel County Institute in Sub-Region B.  Sub-Region A includes Calvary Day, Claxton, Jenkins Co, Portal, Savannah Christian and Savannah Country Day.

In Triple A, Region 3 includes Swainsboro, Southeast Bulloch and Dodge County in Sub-Region B with Jefferson County, Thomson and Washington County in Sub-Region A.

Region 1 in AAA places Appling County in Sub-Region A with Beach, Johnson (Savannah), Islands and Woodville-Tomkins.  Sub-Region B includes Tattnall County, Brantley County, Pierce County, New Chatham School and Savannah Arts Academy.

From the GHSA:

Throughout the deliberations on reclassification that have been going on for nearly a year, emphasis was placed on the importance of reducing travel costs and time out of class. In a state as large as Georgia, there is no way to eliminate all travel issues. The Reclassification Committee continued to emphasize that viewpoint by establishing sub-regions in nearly every region. Here are the guidelines for this format.

  1. If a region chooses to subdivide because of either the large number of schools in the region or the large travel distances in the region, then the subdivisions established by the Committee must be used.
  2. In accordance with GHSA by-laws, a region may choose to play a full region schedule with a 2/3 vote of the Principals of the schools in that region. This decision may be made on a sport-by-sport basis.

During the meeting to place schools in regions, the Reclassification Committee approved the following proposal: “When the Reclassification Committee subdivides a region due to travel distances involved and the number of schools in each sub-region is not the same, the GHSA will work with the region to designate games outside the region that will take the place of cross-over games for region seeding purposes in all sports except football.”

The deadline for member schools to appeal their region placement and to ask for a lateral transfer is Friday, December 16th at noon. Those appeals will be heard by the Reclassification Committee on Monday, December 19th at 10:00am at the GHSA office building. Representatives from the “sending region” and/or the “receiving region” will have the opportunity to be heard along with the school filing the appeal. The list of schools filing for appeals will be placed on the GHSA web site as they are received.

 

 
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