Alexander, with a projected fall 2014 enrollment of 1,618, has been moved up to Class AAAAA, which is the second-highest classification in the state, with 73 other schools. The Cougars have spent the past two seasons in Class AAAA, the third-highest classification.
Chapel Hill, with a projected enrollment of 1,188, also was bumped up a classification into Class AAAA. The Panthers’ classification has fluctuated throughout its history, even placing in the highest group as recently as 2009.
Douglas County will remain in Class AAAAAA, the highest classification, but remains the lone Douglas or Paulding county program in the entire class.
“We would like to be in a region with the other county schools for financial reasons,” Douglas County High athletic director Andre Weaver said. “Our students definitely come to the games when we play county rivals, Paulding schools and/or Villa Rica. We want to play in a region where the other great teams travel well and have the opportunity to make some money.”
Villa Rica and New Manchester will remain in Class AAAAA and are in Region 5 with other Paulding and Douglas programs.
“Though we are toward the lower end of our class, it helps financially,” Villa Rica athletic director Alton Bias said. “Travel and proximity make a difference as is the opportunity to compete against good competition in the surrounding area.”
“It benefits our athletic programs to build rivalries with local schools,” New Manchester athletic director Shawn Bissell said. “It increases gate revenues and is fun to compete against athletes and schools we’re familiar with.”
The association’s reclassification committee will meet this week to place teams in regions. Appeals may be made throughout this month before the full executive committee meets on Jan. 14 for final reclassification procedures.