Byrd expected to rejoin non-select ranks after parish lines voted as athletic attendance zone

Byrd expected to rejoin non-select ranks after parish lines voted as athletic attendance zone

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Byrd expected to rejoin non-select ranks after parish lines voted as athletic attendance zone

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Byrd football might be coming back into the non-select fold after parish boundary lines, not traditional school attendance zones, were designated athletic attendance zones Friday at the Louisiana High School Athletics Association.

Byrd principal Jerry Badgley said he’s waiting to hear official word from LHSAA executive director Kenny Henderson.

“We think it’s a possibility … and that’s kind of what we were told would be the end result,” Badgley said. “Usually after the votes, Kenny Henderson will send out an email of what proposals passed and what it means.”

Under the old attendance zone rules, Byrd enrolled more than 25 percent of its student body from outside of its traditional attendance zone.

Now that Byrd’s attendance zone is Caddo Parish, Byrd doesn’t surpass that 25 percent mark.

“We knew that was a possibility coming in, but there were several other items from the LHSAA and the school relations committee that addressed athletic recruiting and transfer rules, and that all passed,” Badgley said. “Regardless of the parish boundary rule, we’re still opposed to select-nonselect split.

“We don’t want to see the LHSAA split apart. If you force a student to choose between a public school in this association or choose a private school in a different association, we’re afraid that many public schools can’t compete in many parts of this state.”

Byrd lost to Rummel in the Division I state title game this past season, the first time the Yellow Jackets had competed for a football state title since 1962.

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