Bishops: Haven't 'closed door' on LHSAA, looking at options after select/nonselect schools championships vote _lowres

 

It would be easy to dismiss the LHSAA executive committee’s summer meeting as something to do before the main attraction, Wednesday’s special-called meeting for all principals.

With two event bids to decide, a few appeals, reports that close out the 2015-16 seasons and preparation for the special meeting it isn’t exactly business as usual. The annual two-day meeting begins at 1 p.m. Monday at the LHSAA office and concludes Tuesday.

“There will be reports and presentations by Mr. (Eddie) Bonine (LHSAA executive director) and others that are very important for the committee to hear,” LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic said. “There will be instructions about the procedures in place for Wednesday’s meeting and some decisions that must be made.”

Wednesday’s meeting offers member school principals a chance to vote for or reject four alternatives to a plan approved in January that expands the select/nonselect playoff split from football to include boys/girls basketball, baseball and softball.

How the executive committee rules on requests to use proxy voters for the Wednesday meeting is one key issue. There have been about 30 requests for proxy voters submitted, said Bonine.

Bonnaffee said the LHSAA allows an assistant principal or athletic director to vote at its annual convention each January, but only in the case of extreme emergencies, such as an illness, a death in the family or an emergency situation at school.

Committee member Tommy Hodges of Doyle is among those asking for more flexibility, pointing out that some principals had professional commitments or trips planned long before the special meeting was set in April.

“We have to consider very carefully how we handle those proxy requests,” Bonnaffee said. “The rules for our January meeting are very clear, but this is a different meeting where so much is at stake.”

Several appeals, including one involving Scotlandville, will be heard Monday. Scotlandville is appealing sanctions handed down by a sportsmanship committee in the aftermath of a fan-related incident at the LHSAA’s Top 28 boys tourney in Lake Charles. Some chairs were damaged in the Scotlandville student section.

Two-year bids to host the LHSAA’s cheerleading event and its golf tournaments are part of Tuesday’s agenda. Current host Lafayette is among the boys/girls golf bidders along with Alexandria, Lake Charles and Springfield/Mandeville. Alexandria and New Orleans bid on the cheerleading event.

LHSAA openings

The LHSAA is advertising to fill two jobs, one newly created position and one existing position.

Director of finance Erin Tureau is moving out-of-state with her family, creating one opening. LHSAA member principals approved adding a fourth assistant executive director in January, and that spot also will be filled. Friday is the deadline to apply for both positions.