The next step toward settling the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s select/non-select debate will take place next month.
The LHSAA’s School Relations Committee will meet sometime in April to determine their plan of action for dealing with LHSAA executive director Kenny Henderson’s requests regarding the matter.
The dates and duration of the meeting have not been set, but committee members were offered a choice of four dates next month, as they attempt to reconcile an issue that has lingered around the association for more than a decade.
“We’re trying to figure out ways to resolve this,” said Bossier High principal David Thrash, a member of the School Relations Committee. “One thing (LHSAA executive director) Kenny (Henderson) brought to our attention is this motion was brought before the association in 1998 — this exact same motion — and nothing’s ever been done.”
The issue at hand is the splitting of LHSAA member schools into select and non-select enrollment schools. As listed by Item 18, which passed during January’s annual LHSAA convention, select schools are private schools and dual-curriculum schools “that include at least 25 percent of their enrollment as select admission students who do not live in the designated attendance zone.” Non-select schools are traditional public schools.
The School Relations Committee is made up of administrators from both public and private schools. When Item 18 passed, it affected the 2013 LHSAA football playoffs, splitting schools into select and non-select playoff brackets.
Henderson sent the proposal back to the School Relations Committee last week “for consideration and study on its fair and equitable implementation,” and the committee will present its findings at the LHSAA’s summer session in June in Baton Rouge.
“Most people realize that the proposal that passed is not in the best interest of the LHSAA,” Cedar Creek principal Andy Yepson said. “I think it’s finally gotten out that something needs to be done. There has been some progress on that. We have to see where it ends up going.”