The University Interscholastic League announced the conference cutoff numbers to begin in the 2014-15 school year, with the new figures all but guaranteeing McKinney High’s athletics program will move “down” to the new 5A class after the UIL expands its largest division to be 6A.
A press release Monday from UIL states that 6A will have a cutoff of 2,100, with the 5A class ranging from 1,060 to 2,099. The cutoff for the 6A/5A class rose from 2,065 to 2,100. School enrollment figures used in this process were taken in October of this year.
McKinney Independent School District Athletic Director Shawn Pratt said earlier this month he was 99.9 percent positive MHS would be moving down to 5A in 2014, and this announcement all but seals the deal.
Pratt added that the “new” 6A class will consist of 5A schools from 2013, but the changes will occur in lower enrollment schools, where the current 1As will be split into the 1A and 2A division. The 5A class will be made up of current 4A schools, the 4A class will be made up of 3A schools and 3A will be made up of 2A schools.
McKinney spent the past two seasons in 5A after being in 4A the previous few years. The MHS football team went 5-5 in 2012, but dropped down to 3-7 in 2013 – winning one 10-5A game in two years.
McKinney Boyd will move into the 6A class with current district rivals Allen High School and the three Plano Schools – Plano Senior, Plano West and Plano East. Whether Boyd remains in the same district with Allen and the Plano schools is to be determined. The league will announce the realigned divisions for football and basketball on Feb. 3
The other conference cutoffs are as followed:
6A – 2100 and above
5A – 1060 – 2099
4A – 465 – 1059
3A – 220 – 464
2A – 105 – 219
1A – 104.9 and below