Class realignment within University Interscholastic League athletics will send McKinney Boyd to the new 6A class in 2014, while McKinney High may move down a class, McKinney Independent School District Athletic Director Shawn Pratt told TownSquareBuzz.com.
Pratt said although it is a “new” 6A class, all schools in the 6A class will be made up of schools currently playing 5A in 2013.
The class shakeup was sparked by a split in the 1A class, with Pratt saying the 1A class in 2014 will be split into two divisions – 1A-I and 1A-II.
Pratt said the 1A-1 division will be equivalent to the 1A class in 2013, and 1A-II will essentially be the new 2A class. Each subsequent class would be bumped up one standing — 3A being made up of current 2A schools, 4A with current 3A schools, 5A with current 4A schools and 6A with current 5A schools.
Pratt said the UIL gathered enrollment data from every school in Texas on Thursday as they begin to organize the classes for the next two seasons.
He said UIL has never used this process before, and the 2014-2015 classes will be announced during November.
Pratt added Boyd will stay with Allen, Plano West, Plano East and Plano Senior in the 6A class, and is “99.9 percent sure” McKinney North will be in the 5A class.
“It’s not changing anything for us,” Pratt said.
McKinney High, however, is a different story, Pratt said, explaining he is not sure where MHS will land in 2014 and 2015.
As of Thursday, Pratt said MHS is under the current cutoff of 2,065 students, and if the cutoff increases or doesn’t move, McKinney will fall back to the 5A class (the equivalent of the current 4A group of schools).
Pratt said the cutoff figure has moved twice since 1976 to its current mark of 2,065.
McKinney High re-entered the 5A class in 2012, finishing with a respectable record of 5-5 and 1-4 in 10-5A action. The Lions went winless in its final 4A season in 2011.
The Lions are 3-5 overall and winless in 10-5A play this season.
“They should have never been bumped up,” Pratt said of McKinney’s move back into 5A two seasons ago.