MILFORD – Caroline High School athletic teams will move into a different organizational structure for post-season play as part of a realignment plan adopted by the Virginia High School League (VHSL).
The School Board briefly touched on the development during its regular Dec. 10 meeting.
“We may be heading to Richmond a lot more and play bigger schools,” said Superintendent Killough.
“I believe it’ll have a positive impact,” he added.
The VHSL recently finalized a realignment plan that impacts high schools for post-season play. It created six regions, from 1A to 6A, based on school enrollment. They range from 1A for schools of less than 500 students to 6A for schools of nearly 2,000 students. Each region contains four conferences.
Effective in the 2013-14 school year, Caroline High School will be part of the 4A-South region and a member of Conference 20.
Other member schools in Conference 20 will be Hanover, Dinwiddie, J.R. Tucker, Midlothian, Monacan, and Glen Allen. J.R. Tucker and Glen Allen are part of Henrico County Public Schools while Midlothian and Monacan are in the Chesterfield County school division.
A point system based on wins and losses will determine if a team is eligible for post-season play.
“I think it’s a good situation for us,” said Heizer, athletic director for Caroline High School. Caroline and other schools will still compete during the regular season against their traditional Battlefield District rivals, he noted. If Caroline teams succeed in making post-season play, they will compete against teams in their new conference and get added exposure in the Richmond-area news media.
Although some districts may choose to continue to play district tournaments, the schools in the Battlefield District are leaning toward eliminating the league tournaments, according to Heizer.
In other action at the board’s most recent meeting, it was updated on the progress of the expansion and renovation project to Bowling Green Primary School. Students are expected to begin to occupy the new addition in mid-February in order that workers can begin renovating existing classrooms.
The School Board also voted 6-0 for final approval of renaming Bowling Green Primary School to Bowling Green Elementary School. The existing elementary school will be consolidated when the renovated, expanded school opens.
The board also:
• Approved an easement for the Bowling Green Primary School Project.
• Approved a payment of $860,441 to Loughridge Construction Co., the contractor on the Bowling Green Primary School project.
• Authorized school officials to negotiate an easement for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative at Bowling Green Primary School.
• Gave final approval to adopt updated policies as recommended by the Virginia School Boards Association.
• Approved the carryover of $498,268 in federal Title I funds and a request to the Board of Supervisors to appropriate funds.
• Approved the carryover of $545,798 in IDEA flow through funds and a request to the Board of Supervisors to appropriate funds.
• Approved a low bid of $192,121 from Calico Industries for kitchen equipment for Bowling Green Primary School.