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Valdosta, Dougherty drop down in GHSA reclassification

By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   The Georgia High School Association reclassification process has started with surprising news for two area schools.

Valdosta High and Dougherty High have both been dropped down in the initial classification numbers.

Valdosta High has played in the state's highest classification which is now AAAAA.

The GHSA though moved the cutoff for AAAAA to 1900 students and Valdosta's enrollment of 1858.5 drops them to AAAA.

Region 1-AAAAA has been gutted by the process with Warner Robins, Northside-Warner Robins and Houston County also moving down to AAAA.

That leaves Lowndes, Tift County, Coffee and Colquitt County left in the region.

Camden County, Hardaway-Columbus and Northside-Columbus are the only other schools outside of Atlanta that are in the AAAAA classification which could make region classification very interesting and perhaps difficult.

Valdosta High has also maintained a desire to compete at the state's highest classification and has until November 25th to appeal to move back to AAAAA.

Dougherty County School System athletic director Johnny Seabrooks says it will be up to Dougherty High principal Horace Reid to determine if Dougherty wants to stay at the AA level or move back to AAA.

Other schools that have dropped down are Americus-Sumter from AAAA to AAA, Ware County also drops from AAAA to AAA and Mitchell County has moved from AA to A.

Schools have until November 24th to contest the accuracy of their enrollment numbers some of which are projected.

Once the classifications are finalized, the GHSA will divide schools into regions on December 2nd and appeals for schools wanting to move to different regions will be heard on December 16th.

The GHSA is scheduled to finalize reclassification on January 12, 2010 and the schools will stay in those regions through the 2013-2014 school year.

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