Houston Academy appeal could keep ECHS in Class 4A

Published 4:58 pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Coaches may have to wait a little longer to see where their teams fall in the new realignment reclassification after Houston Academy filed a grievance with the Alabama High School Athletic Association Wednesday afternoon, Andalusia football coach Brian Seymore said.

Seymore said HA filed the agrievance because incorrect enrollment numbers were released to the State Board of Education.

Seymore said if the grievance is accepted, then more than likely, Escambia County High School will drop back down to 4A from 5A, and W.S. Neal will go back down to 3A.

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Earlier Wednesday, the AHSAA’s Central Board of Control approved a proposal to add a seventh classification for championship play at its winter meeting for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

HA’s recent enrollment numbers indicate that the Dothan private school has 263.25 students in grades 10-12. The increase in the number of students bumped the school up to Class 3A after today’s vote.

As a result of the grievance filed, it could change some schools’ classification and alignment for the next two years. The board still has to vote on the grievance.

Seymore, who heard of the news about HA approximately two hours ago, said this happened two years ago when Pope John Paul II’s numbers were incorrect, which sent the Bulldogs back to Region 1 from 2. AHS was put back in Region 2 after the board’s meeting today.

“You play where the state puts you,” Seymore said. “Whether we’ll stay the same, or we’ll go to Region 1 like we did two years ago when they didn’t count Pope John Paul II in Huntsville. It happens. They’ll have to make some adjustments.”

—— Andrew Garner, The Andalusia Star-News