2A class president: realignment happens every four years
If history repeats itself, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control will likely approve the new geographic realignment plan currently being proposed by NIAA Executive Director Jerry A. Hughes. The proposal would group 2A Whittell with 4A Sparks in a Northern 3A classification.
“Realignment happens every four years, but it’s always difficult because there’s always somebody that doesn’t like the fit,” said 2A Class President John Barrus, responding to questions about the geographic realignment proposal.
The 2002-2003 year is the third year of a four-year realignment, Barrus said. Next year would be the last year and the new realignment, if approved, would start in 2004-05.
“It would go four years and it would be realigned again,” Barrus said.
The geographic realignment plan is designed to reduce travel and the budget cuts facing most of Nevada’s school districts.
According to a bill draft request sponsored by the Nevada Association of School Boards and the Nevada Association of School Superintendents, school district financial cuts amassed over the last three years have reached approximately $85 million. Lake Tahoe Unified School District is facing more than $1 million in shortfalls due to declining enrollment. However, Douglas County Unified School District, which includes Whittell, has yet to make budget reductions.
The NIAA board of control is reviewing two potential actions involving school athletics realignment, changing from four classifications to three, or adopting the geographic realignment plan. The board could vote not to change the realignment as well.
The board will likely vote on the realignment when it meets again in 2003, said NIAA Assistant Director Donnie Nelson. The meeting date has not been set, but will likely occur in mid-March
Prior to the meeting, the NIAA plans to hold informational meetings to discuss the realignment proposals and gather input from concerned parties, but the dates and times for the meetings have not been announced. The NIAA plans to schedule the meetings near the February state basketball championship in Reno.
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