McKinney ISD Athletic Director Shawn Pratt said Monday that the University Interscholastic League denied an appeal from McKinney High and McKinney Boyd as to their placement in District 10-5A along with the four largest schools in Texas.
Pratt traveled to Austin on Monday for the appeal process. He said that the UIL committed to immediately begin working on the next realignment, which will take place in two years, and would be in constant contact with MISD concerning the next phase.
“Right now the plan is to move forward in District 10-5A,” Pratt said, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 athletic seasons.
MHS and Boyd had asked to be moved into District 11-5A, which has five Garland schools, Rowlett and Sachse. Instead, they are in 10-5A, which includes the top four schools in the state, attendance-wise.
The 10-5A District for 2012-13 and 2013-14 looks like this (with enrollment):
Plano East High School – 6,015
Allen High School – 5,388
Plano Senior High School – 5,314
Plano West High School – 4,944
McKinney Boyd High School – 2,900
McKinney High School – 2,121
McKinney Boyd was in the district with those four schools during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns. Meanwhile, MHS just moved up to Class 5A from 4A, where they have long competed. MHS is among the smallest 10-5A schools in the state. MISD said Monday that subsequent enrollment data indicates that MHS “would not likely fall into the 5A category if the UIL were to use today’s enrollment numbers.”
The cutoff for 5A this year was 2,090 students. McKinney High barely made it at 2,121, making MHS the 10th-smallest 5A school among the 245 classified in the conference. Boyd was announced at 2,900 enrollment.
MISD officials talked to UIL about splitting McKinney High and the larger McKinney Boyd into different districts, but the UIL said that its procedures in place prevented it from breaking up those two MISD schools.
“Unfortunately, our appeal was denied, but we will continue dialogue with the UIL about the fairness of placing a school on the cusp of being 4A with the four largest high schools in the State of Texas,” said Cody Cunningham, McKinney ISD Chief Communications Officer. “We recognize there is value in raising the level of competition. However, there is a point at which the sheer number of students in a given program makes fair competition unreasonable. I think one could make a strong argument that 3,000 – 4,000 additional students in one school versus another certainly falls into this category.”
Cunningham added, “We appealed the decision, but the UIL has made its decision and we will now move forward. Our message to students will be not to dwell on the issue, but rather, to prepare for the competition and demonstrate character just as they have in the past.”
Meanwhile, McKinney North remains in 4A but moves to District 13, where it joins Denison, Greenville, Lovejoy, Royse City, Sherman, Wylie East and Wylie High. The Bulldogs were previously in 10-4A, along with MHS.
The enrollment to qualify for 4A was 1,005-2,089. North announced and enrollment of 1,771.
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