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Six local schools staying put in newest reclassification

The Georgia High School Association’s Reclassification Committee released its division breaks for the 2014-2016 school years and the six local schools don’t look to be going anywhere.

All six schools - Rockdale, Heritage and Salem in Rockdale County and Newton, Alcovy and Eastside - were scheduled to remain in their current classifications when the new order goes into affect next fall.

Newton (enrollment of 2,129), Rockdale (1,920) and Alcovy (1,874) will each remain in Class AAAAAA. Heritage (1,697) and Salem (1,414) will remain in Class AAAAA, while Eastside (1,342) stays put in Class AAAA.

Schools have until noon on December 2 to request to play in a higher classification. According to the GHSA, as of November 22 six schools are requesting to play in a higher classification, including Luella, which has been in Region 2-AAAAAA with Newton, Rockdale and Alcovy the past two school years, but is being moved to Class AAAA in the upcoming reclassification.

The Reclassification Committee will meet on December 3 at 9:00 a.m. in Thomaston to place schools in regions. December 13 is the deadline for schools to submit their intent to appeal for a lateral transfer to another region, and the committee will meet December 17 to hear those appeals.

The full Executive Committee will meet January 14 in Macon to hear final appeals for lateral transfers and to ratify the reclassification plan.