Harding and East football to Division II

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors approved new divisional assignments Thursday based on updated school enrollment figures that do not include charter school, community school and STEM school students in the public schools where they reside.

Divisional assignments for the next two-year cycle had originally been approved in June, but at its meeting last Thursday the board reversed an earlier decision to include those students in public school enrollment counts, resulting in recalculation of divisional dividing lines based on the updated enrollment figures.

The passage of Ohio House Bill 487 in July of 2014 now gives charter school, community school and STEM school students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school.

The OHSAA decided to include those students in the enrollment counts of their local public school. (For districts with multiple high schools, those students were divided evenly among that districts’ schools.) However, last week’s action by the board in their first meeting of the 2015-16 school year reversed that decision.

The OHSAA is in the process of forming a committee to study the issue of determining the best way to include charter school, community school and STEM school students in enrollment counts in the future.

Local changes include:

Warren Harding and Youngstown East move down from Division I to Division II

Cardinal Mooney and Ursuline move up from Division V to Division IV.

The following is an updated list of area schools along with their division:

DIVISION I
Austintown-Fitch

DIVISION II
Boardman
Warren Harding
Youngstown East

DIVISION III
Canfield
East Liverpool
Howland
Niles
Poland

DIVISION IV
Beaver Local
Cardinal Mooney
Girard
Hubbard
Lakeview
Salem
Struthers
Ursuline
West Branch

DIVISION V
Campbell
Champion
Crestview
East Palestine
LaBrae
Liberty
South Range

DIVISION VI
Brookfield
Columbiana
Lisbon
McDonald
Mineral Ridge
Newton Falls
Southern
Springfield
United
Western Reserve

DIVISION VII
Jackson-Milton
Leetonia
Lowellville
Mathews
Southington
Sebring
Warren JFK
Wellsville
Youngstown Christian

 

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