New Classification Proposal Rejected

WOAY – The West Virginia State Board of Education voted 6-1 Thursday to reject a proposal that would send the eight private member schools of the WVSSAC to their own classification.

The proposal was one of 28 brought forward by the SSAC, with the other 27 advancing to a public comment period, with a final vote expected to take place in July.

As of the 2017-2018 school year, 53 schools were part of Class A, including the eight private schools. (Southern West Virginia has 10 total schools in that classification.) Classifications are based on total school enrollment, with evaluations made every four years, most recently in 2015.

Among the proposals approved to the public comment period is a rule change that would allow schools to choose to move up a level; for example, a Class A school which has seen continued success in one sport would have the option to move that sport to Class AA, while other sports would remain in Class A.

Regarding that proposal, the current rule is that if one sport were to move up a class, all sports for that school would need to move up.

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