New Districts to be Announced Feb.1
By Will Johnson
EAST TEXAS – Some schools will move up in classification and some will move down. Old rivalries will be renewed – or ended – and many area schools will have a new set of district opponents when the 2018-2019 school year begins this fall.
A Jan. 29 media advisory from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced the biennial reclassification and realignment for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years have been scheduled for release on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. The new alignments were established by enrollment figures submitted to the UIL by member school October 27.
On Dec. 6 of last year, the UIL released the conference cutoff numbers and preliminary enrollment figures for the 2018-2020 reclassification and realignment. The conference cutoff numbers provide the range of enrollment for each of the six conferences (1A – 6A), including divisional cutoffs for football.
According to a statement from the UIL, the preliminary enrollment figures were released “… to increase transparency and provide for additional verification of enrollment figures.
District alignments for other activities will be released in the order of their seasons.
The cutoff numbers established by the UIL are as follows: Class 6A -2190 students and above; Class 5A – between 1150 and 2189 students; Class 4A – between 505 and 1149 students; Class 3A – between 225 and 504 students; Class 2A – between 105 and 224 students; and Class 1A – 104.9 students and below.
The divisional cutoffs for football are as follows:
- Class 1A Division I: 55.5 – 104.9; 1A Division II: 55 and below
- Class 2A Division I: 161.5 – 224; 2A Division II: 105 – 161.4
- Class 3A Division I: 335 – 504; 3A Division II: 225 – 334
- Class 4A Division I: 790 – 1149; 4A Division II: 505 – 789
- Class 5A Division I: 1840 – 2189; 5A Division II: 1150 – 1839
For more information on where the area schools land following the UIL realignment, check back online or see the Sunday, Feb. 4 edition of The Messenger.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.