Schools turn in enrollments to UIL

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 15, 2011

Speculation can now start on where schools will end up in February when the University Interscholastic League announces its biannual round of realignments.

Thursday was the date for schools to submit their high school enrollments to the agency. The UIL will announce its realignment Feb. 2, 2012.

Based on figures from the 2010 realignment, few Wise County schools look to be making a move to a new classification.

Alvord, who is currently in the smaller Class 2A Division II, may be the closest to moving. Alvord submitted an enrollment of 204, which was only five students above the cutoff for Class A two years ago. Alvord dropped 17 students over the past two years.

Alvord was one of three area schools to lose enrollment over the past two years. Northwest, which had a second high school open in its district, dropped from 2,720 students to 2,320. It is still well above the 2010 cutoff of 2,065 for 5A.

Class A Chico dropped from 184 students to 159, which is 8.5 students above the Division II cutoff from 2010.

Most Wise County schools had a minor amount of growth in the past two years. Decatur’s enrollment jumped from 857 to 883. Bridgeport went from 619 to 628. The two rivals are well within the Class 3A range from 2010 of 430 to 989.

Their District 7-3A rival Mineral Wells, which dropped from 4A in 2010, turned in 977.

Boyd’s enrollment increased from 334 to 385. Its District 5-2A Division I rival Paradise saw an increase from 306 to 345. The Class 2A range in 2010 was 200 to 429 with 293.5 being the cutoff point between Division I and II.

Class A Division II Slidell submitted 79. The school was at 72 students two years before.

While waiting for the realignment in February, schools will be keeping an eye on the UIL Legislative Council’s meeting set for Sunday and Monday. The agency will discuss altering the current preseason practice regulations. It will also review results from the 2011 fall superintendent survey.



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