It’s a process that happens every two years where the enrollment of local schools are tallied and LHSAA sports redraws its district lines. This is normally a four step process where the enrollment numbers are tallied first and then schools are classed from 5A-C. Schools can opt to move up in classification if they choose. No school in Bienville Parish changed classes from the last classification. Here are the current classes each school falls under:
Arcadia – 1A
Castor – B
Gibsland-Coleman – C
Ringgold – 1A
Saline – C
Although the class may not have changed, the district assignment is currently in the second part where a first pass is done. Schools will have until Thursday, November 9 to submit a petition for placement in a district before the second classification meeting occurs next Monday on November 13.
Here are the changes that have affected Bienville Parish Schools:
Ringgold – The Redskins will be the most affected by the changes in district. In the initial plan, they will be separated from District 1 and moved to District 3 which will include Lakeview, LaSalle, Logansport, Montgomery, Northwood-Lena, and St. Mary’s. They will be separated from fellow parish team Arcadia.
Gibsland-Coleman and Saline The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will get an in-parish opponent as Saline will move into the district with them along with Summerfield and Claiborne Christian in District 1-C.
Castor – The Tigers and Lady Tigers will remain in District 1-B along with Weston, Doyline, and Quitman but will have Lincoln Parish rival Simsboro added to their district.
Arcadia – The Hornets will remain in District 1-A but the landscape will change somewhat with the exit of Homer and Magnolia SOE to 2A and Ringgold to District 3. Entering into the district will be Cedar Creek and Lincoln Prep from District 2-A and Jonesboro-Hodge who will drop from 2A to A next season.
The district alignment could very well change again next week when the second classification meeting occurs. The process still has to go through a second and third classification meeting along with the final approval by the Executive Committee of division and districting of schools.
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