MHSAA releases reclassification plans for 2011-13

CLINTON – The Mississippi High School Activities Association released its reclassification plans for the 2011-2013 academic years on Wednesday afternoon.
Most of the high schools in the Daily Journal’s coverage area will remain in their current classifications, with the exceptions being: Starkville High moving from Class 6A – which features the schools with the largest enrollments in the state – to 5A; Aberdeen and Corinth moving up from 3A to 4A; Mantachie going from 2A to 3A; Okolona and Potts Camp heading up to 2A from 1A; and Ashland dropping down to 1A.
This reclassification of schools – which will last from 2011-2013 before MHSAA reclassifies again – was determined by the student enrollment information provided in the State Department of Education Finance and Statistic Division’s October monthly report.
A school has the right to appeal their enrollment number by filing a written report detailing what was inaccurate in the total enrollment figure – or what led to that inaccuracy – reported by the State Department of Education. The appeal must be received by the MHSAA at its office no later than 4 p.m. Monday. After releasing the reclassification, the MHSAA then goes to work on placing teams in divisions.
The cutoff for Class 6A was 1,085 students; 760 for 5A; 487 for 4A; 305 for 3A; and 197 for 2A, with those schools whose numbers fall below 197 making up Class 1A.
Tupelo High is the second largest school in the state in terms of enrollment. Tupelo’s 2,119 students trails Madison Central’s 2,244.
Aberdeen goes from being one of the largest Class 3A schools to the smallest in Class 4A with 487 students.

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