If all goes well, the LHSAA’s two-year classification plan for 2015-17 will be finalized before noon Wednesday. That’s what Executive Director Eddie Bonine is hoping for going into his first official meeting as the head of the LHSAA.
“We (LHSAA executive committee) had a finance committee meeting (Tuesday night) and one of things we did was go over the agenda for (Wednesday),” Bonine said. “I wanted to make sure everything was set and ready to go. I wanted to make sure I had all my ‘Ts’ crossed and my ‘Is’ dotted.
“Ideally, we could get the classification part of the meeting done by noon. We’ve got four groups that are scheduled to speak to the committee (Wednesday), which is part of the process we have. Three or four others submitted their information after the deadline to be allowed to speak. Their information will be included in the packets we have.”
The LHSAA’s final classification meeting is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday at the LHSAA office. Member schools have had nearly two weeks to evaluate Plan 3 put together by the LHSAA.
The executive committee meeting also will include three eligibility appeals and the processing of the two-year bid for the LHSAA’s state wrestling tournament. Sites in Baton Rouge, Kenner and Bossier City/Shreveport have submitted bids.
There were questions about different portions of the classification plan in each class at the second meeting. LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic said members of the executive committee have fielded questions about parts of the plan in Class 3A, 2A and 1A.
Three key issues involve Baton Rouge, New Orleans and/or Acadiana area schools.
In Class 3A, Plan 2 included a River Parishes district that would have included Brusly, Donaldsonville, E.D. White Catholic, St. James and Lutcher. Several schools argued against this plan.
Brusly and Donaldsonville are part of District 6-3A in the new Plan 3 that includes traditional powers like University High and Parkview Baptist.
E.D. White was placed in an Acadiana area district that will include schools in St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes.
Lutcher and St. James are part of New Orleans-based Districts 9-10 that are subdivided for football.
Like Plan 2, Plan 3 has Runnels in a Baton Rouge district and not the Florida Parishes league the school was part of for the past two years. Runnels will be part of a 10-team league that is subdivided for football.
Where to place Varnado has been a key question in 1A. Plan 2 had the Washington Parish school in a Baton Rouge district, but Plan 3 has VHS in a New Orleans league.
“In situations like this you can’t make everybody happy,” Bonnaffee said. “The task for us (executive committee) is to come up with the best plan we can.”