Wellington will vote ‘yes’ in splitting Class 4A into two classifications

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At Crusader Club on Monday afternoon at Big Cheese Pizza, Wellington Activities Director Brian Buchanan was fielding a ton of questions — from the current state of the school calendar, to the athletic banquet on Friday. But one item in particular involved a recent proposal from the Kansas State High School Activities Association office, whether or not to split Class 4A into two divisions.A current proposal is on the table that would split Class 4A which currently has 64 teams and making it into two 32-team divisions for five sports — football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. Wellington High School is a Class 4A school.At a meeting on Friday, the KSHSAA board of directors voted 35-27 to allow all Class 4A schools to vote on a proposal that would split the classification. A majority of at least 33 “yes” votes is needed to pass the proposal. Buchanan said at the Crusader Club meeting, Wellington will be voting “yes.”Wellington is currently No. 26 of the current school population list of the 64 4A schools tallied this school year. It has 487 students – from freshman to seniors (see list below). Thus it would be placed in the top division of the 32 Class 4A schools. It would probably play schools like Winfield, Ulysses, and Mulvane in the postseason in football.Andale, Clearwater and Wichita Collegiate would be in the bottom half division of 32 schools.However, Andale could very well move up into the upper division in that it is No. 33 on the list. So if not now, soon.The 64 schools have until June 15 to vote.Currently, Kansas has seven classifications from Class 6A to 1A with the bottom classification split into two eight-man divisions. The proposal came about because there is a significant gap between the most populated schools in 4A and the least populated. Topeka Highland Park, which has 729 students, is the biggest Class 4A school. Rock Creek and Frontenac have 258 students on the bottom end.The ratio is 2.83 which is almost three students for Topeka Highland Park to 1 student at Rock Creek and Frontenac. That is the largest gap of any classification in Kansas. Class 6A is 1.7, 5A is 1.61, 3A is 1.61, 2A is 1.56.Buchanan said the KSHSAA position is it doesn’t want to do anymore work than it is already doing. Adding a classification just adds to the misery. However, the KSHSAA decisioning body is the board of directors, are made up of athletic league representatives.There is the common complaint that Kansas has too many classifications already. Still, the gap in 4A doesn’t seem fair to many critics of the system. While Class 6A and 5A have 32 schools in its classification, Class 4A and 3A have 64.Buchanan agrees. He said he would prefer to see it go to 48 school classifications in which the smallest 16 of Class 4A would drop into Class 3A and the smallest of 16 would drop into Class 3A. By voting for the current proposal, he hopes will get the ball rolling for a complete classification overhaul.Someone asked about trying to separate the private schools from the public schools at the Crusader Club meeting. Buchanan said that proposal has been discussed in years past, but is actually losing momentum at the moment.This is what the classification list would look like if it was to pass with the current enrollment figures: DIVISION 1                                         DIVISION 21.    Topeka Highland Park 729             1.     Andale 4342.     Pittsburg 710                                 2.     Eudora 4333.     Bonner Springs 708                       3.     Clearwater 3694.     Winfield 691                                  4.     Santa Fe Trail 3625.     McPherson 690                             5.     Iola 3616.     De Soto 681                                    6.    Parsons 3617.     KC Sumner Academy 674               7.    KC Ward 3548.     Paola 650                                       8.   Osawatomie 3539.     Buhler 642                                      9.   Pratt 35010.   Ottawa 636                                   10.   Columbus 34311.   Spring Hill 636                               11.   Girard 33512.   Basehor-Linwood 599                   12.   Perry-Lecompton 32813.   Tonganoxie 595                            13.   Garnett-Anderson County 32114.   Rose Hill 585                                14.   Chapman 32015.   Independence 576                        15.   Holton 32016.   Augusta 567                                 16.   Colby 31017.   Mulvane 565                                 17.   Clay Center 30718.   KC Piper 563                                 18.   Wichita Trinity 30519.   Fort Scott 562                               19.   Meriden-Jefferson West 30520.   El Dorado 561                               20.   Nickerson 29921.   Chanute 552                                  21.   Hugoton 29722,   Labette County 527                       22.   LaCygne-Prairie View 29523.   Towanda-Circle 525                      23.   Hoyt-Royal Valley 29024.   Louisburg 490                               24.  Lindsborg-Smoky Valley 29025.   Topeka Hayden 488                      25.   Larned 28826.   Wellington 487                             26.   Baxter Springs 28527.   Abilene 476                                   27.  Concordia 28228.   Coffeyville 462                              28.   Goodland 27529.   Atchison 460                                 29.   Hesston 27030.   Ulysses 457                                  30.  Collegiate 26731.   Baldwin 456                                  31.  St. George-Rock Creek 25832.   Wamego 451                                 32.   Frontenac 258 Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Crusaderfan · 380 weeks ago The only problem there is in 4A is the bigger schools in the classification don’t win many of the state championships. The majority of them are won by those that will be in the lower division. I say the bigger schools in 4A need to step up and hit the weight room more often. Report Reply 0 replies · active 380 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Anonymous Fella · 380 weeks ago In my opinion, this is another product of today’s “everybody wins” culture. Report Reply 1 reply · active 380 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Aspecificname 66p · 380 weeks ago You, anonymous fella, are exactly right. Somebody cried, somebody else cried, and here we are. Did you know there were over a dozen football teams that made the playoffs with losing records? Lots of changes need to be made, but they are being made for the wrong reasons. You want championships? Play better. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down pump u up · 380 weeks ago Crusader Fan most of the schools in 4A that win state titles are also private schools with low enrollment…Hit the weight room more often…yep that is the solution….more weight training….If it is like WHS maybe those two classes a day and all summer is not enough…yep I can see it…more weight training…Why is that every solution to every problem is more weight training….I am thinking if our test scores are low….we need to send all the students for..yes you guessed it…weight training. Report Reply 0 replies · active 380 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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