The long wait for group classifications will be a bit longer.
NJSIAA assistant director Don Danser said because of enrollment inaccuracies of 17 schools, the release of the 2012-13 group classifications will now likely be released sometime Wednesday. It was expected the information would be released Monday.
Group classifications are based on a school’s enrollment and geography. They are of more interest this year since the NJSIAA has expanded its football playoff format from four to five groups. Power points will also be used for the first time in some other fall sports.
The NJSIAA relies on enrollment data from the New Jersey Department of Education, something the state association has been asking for since April, executive director Steve Timko said Monday. NJSIAA group classifications have historically been released sometime in June.
“We’d been calling them about twice a week since April,” Timko said.
The information was received Thursday within minutes after a reporter from New Jersey Press Media contacted the state Department of Education to ask about any possible delay.
“We were hoping to have it done by (Monday),” Danser said. “We fould some inaccuraces where there were some schools which had as an example 25 sophomores in a grade, but more than 200 in other classes. Once we get those numbers clarified it should be done very quickly.”