Louisiana High School Athletic Association President Todd Guice of Ouachita Parish High announced he is set to step down.
Guice told reporters Thursday, the first day of the LHSAA’s annual summer meeting, that he’ll assume the past-president’s role on the executive committee that was vacated when former Neville Principal Brent Vidrine left the committee.
Vice President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic-Morgan City will take over as president, serving until the LHSAA’s January convention when new officers are elected. A new vice president will be elected during Friday’s meeting that starts at 8 a.m. at the LHSAA office.
Among the notable items on Friday’s agenda is a application for Baton Rouge’s Capitol High to retain membership as Friendship Public Charter. Also, Episcopal’s Steve Baronich will speak to the committee about possible changes for the LHSAA’s powerlifting championships based on the growth of the sport in its two seasons as an official LHSAA sport.
An appeal of the LHSAA’s 19-year-old eligibility rule for a Destrehan student and the membership application for a New Orleans schools, International High School, a coed charter school, also will be heard.
The LHSAA’s move to civil parish boundaries for attendance zone lines for 2014-15 left one gray area that was cleared up Thursday.
After a lengthy discussion, the executive committee agreed students who were already part of a Catholic school system or some other faith-based school system as eighth-graders could attend a high school in their system in an adjoining parish if their parish doesn’t have a faith-based high school.
Proponents of the move, including Executive Director Kenny Henderson and School Relations Committee Chair Mike Boyer of Teurlings Catholic, noted the measure would function like the old legislative act 465 did to allow students to continue a faith-based education.
Boyer cited New Orleans schools like Brother Martin and Mount Carmel as examples. The schools are located in Orleans Parish, but draw most students from Jefferson Parish, many of whom had parents and/grandparents who attended the school.
Also passed with a measure that will require regional outdoor track meet directors to attend a clinic on how to host the event and submit results to the LHSAA.
In turn, track coaches will have a four-hour window to review state meet entries and make corrections to them once they are listed on the LHSAA site.