The Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) on Thursday announced its tentative plans for high school realignments. The realignments would be for the 2017-2019 academic-athletic seasons.
Most notably, the UHSAA has announced the formation of a new division while eliminating another. No longer will there be a 3A and 3AA in high school football. Rather, the association created a new 6A classification for the state’s largest schools.
Under what is called the “first consideration of classification” released Thursday by the UHSAA Board of Trustees, and based on student enrollment on October 1, 2016, all schools in Cache County would fall under the 4A classification. This includes Sky View, Logan, Ridgeline, Mountain Crest and the new Green Canyon High School which will open in the fall of 2017. Also, Bear River would be moving up to 4A, Box Elder would move from 4A to 5A, and Rich High School would currently remain at 1A but is on the bubble, meaning it could possibly be moved up to 2A.
According to the release issued by UHSAA Thursday, the enrollment numbers for the area schools on Oct. 1 (grades 10-12) are: Logan 1243, Bear River 1070, Ridgeline 1059, Mountain Crest 972, Sky View 907 and Green Canyon 821. Green Canyon would be the smallest school in the state under the 4A classification.
On November 29 the UHSAA Board of Trustees will put all the schools into regions. It’s unknown at this time if Bear River would be included with the Cache County schools or not. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 7 to get feedback from school districts, schools and communities about the placement of schools into regions and classifications. The Board of Trustees will then finalize the alignments on Thursday, December 8.
A reclassification of all schools takes place every two years. To see the proposed classification for each high school, click on the PDF next to this story.