Fourth Classification for State High School Basketball on Way as State BOE Votes in Favor of Change

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on July 11, 2019 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

According to this report from MetroNews, High school basketball across West Virginia will undergo signifcant changes in the near future.
 
In a 7-2 vote conducted Wednesday, the State Board of Education approved the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to add a fourth class for boys and girls basketball starting with the 2020-2021 basketball season.
 
The proposal is a two-year test run for basketball only and will give each school a score from 1-100 that weighs several factors: 70 percent from enrollment, 20 percent from location [to a city or county seat] and 10 percent is a combination of the economics of the county and students enrolled.
 
“I think this is in the best interest for the largest majority of our schools,” said Bernie Dolan, executive director of the WVSSAC. “I hope to see more people and communities with a chance to get to Charleston and thus more communicates participating. There’s something special about the basketball tournament.”
 
The proposal will sit in the Secretary of State’s Office for 60 days before becoming official in mid-September. It first surfaced in March at the girls basketball state tournament and took a step forward in early April at Stonewall Jackson Resort. That’s when the SSAC’s Board of Control passed the proposal 111-26, which sent the measure to the state BOE.
 
The matter was then up for public comment for 30 days prior to the BOE meeting.
 
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