Lee County to make case to stay in Class AAAAA

School will talk to Reclassification Committee about 2014-16 seasons

Rob Williams

Rob Williams

LEESBURG – Lee County High School officials will have a chance to voice their concerns to the Georgia High School Association’s Reclassification Committee this morning regarding Lee County’s placement in Class AAAAAA for the 2014-16 seasons.

The GHSA will have a special meeting to address concerns in Class AAAAA. Lee County athletic director Rob Williams said the GHSA called him on Monday and asked if his school would like to make a presentation at its Thomaston office this morning.

“I don’t know how it all came about,” Williams said. “They asked us if we’d like to come up, and of course, we’d like to. We haven’t made any appeal because there is no appeal at this point.”

The GHSA reclassifies its schools every two years.

Lee officials have disagreed with the GHSA’s decision to place the school in Class AAAAAA for the next two years. The school missed the cutoff to play in Class AAAAA by two students. Any school with enrollment numbers of 1800 or higher must play in Class AAAAAA unless it meets the state’s isolation rule. Class AAAAAA is the state’s highest classification.

That puts the Trojans into Region 1-AAAAAA, where Lee will compete against schools like Lowndes, Colquitt County and Tift County. Williams said Lowndes has nearly 1,100 more students than Lee County, while Colquitt County has about 500 more.

“From what we understand, we feel like we’re going to be able to speak to the Reclassification Committee,” Williams said. “Three minutes is all we are going to have.”

Lee County officials believe the Trojans won’t be competing on a “natural playing field” in Class AAAAAA. The Trojans competed in Class AAAAA, then the state’s highest classification, from 2000 to 2004. But Lee has had enrollment numbers to compete in the next to highest classification since.

Williams said he isn’t sure what decision will come out of today’s meeting. However, he is grateful the school has an opportunity to voice its concerns.