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Louisiana High School Athletic Association President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic said up front he’s a “process person.”

The next part of the LHSAA process begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday. That’s when Bonnaffee and other members of the executive committee conduct their fall meeting at the LHSAA office.

It has been called a “house cleaning” meeting by LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson because the business at hand consists primarily of reviewing reports from numerous committees.

“I agree that a lot of what we’re doing is house cleaning,” Bonnaffee said. “Part of that will be some reports that we’ll need to hear as a group. There may not be any significant decisions made Wednesday, but what we learn could certainly help us as we move forward.

“I think the report from School Relations Committee is one we’ll want to hear. Then there’s the Strategic Planning Committee, which has been looking at the organization’s future as a whole.”

As the LHSAA moves closer to what figures to be another pivotal convention in January, plenty of people are watching. In June, the executive committee took a stand, issuing a position statement against any additional split of the LHSAA.

The LHSAA is now in the second year of a split football playoff format that divides schools along select/nonselect lines. Nonselect schools are traditional public schools. Private schools dominate the nonselect schools group that also includes full magnet schools, laboratory schools and some charter schools.

Bonnaffee’s stance on the Wednesday meeting has softened somewhat since June when he told media “… you all don’t want to miss the October meeting, OK.”

The School Relations Committee has met once since June. Committee chairman Mike Boyer of Teurlings Catholic said the group met two weeks ago and spent much of that time reviewing processes and procedures.

Boyer said the most notable item was the rotation of three new members onto the committee. Many Principal Norman Booker, an outspoken advocate for a split of all sports, joined the committee, taking the spot previously held by Winnfield Principal Jane Griffin, whose 2012 proposal to split football started the current LHSAA cycle.

“Mr. Booker was very open and honest with us,” Boyer said. “He told us he hasn’t put anything down on paper yet, but that he still favors a split in all sports. We talked about it and told him this was our chance to all work together and perhaps come up with some kind of compromise.”

St. Thomas Aquinas Principal Jose Becerra and Redemptorist Principal Dary Glueck also joined the committee. Glueck was previously on the executive committee when he was principal at Broadmoor High.

Boyer said he expects the committee to discuss ways of reducing the current number of football championships from nine to seven.

The Strategic Planning Committee is headed by former executive committee member Lee Ward Bellard of Church Point. This committee was formed a few years ago with the idea of setting some long-term goals and objectives for the LHSAA, which also could be intriguing.