Hanks explains what realignment means for Weatherford schools

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Dear Kangaroo Community,

On Friday, Oct. 25, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) required school districts to report enrollment numbers to be used in the biennial realignment and redistricting process for UIL academic and athletic competitions. Since the UIL realignment process can be confusing, we’d like to take this opportunity to address some questions that have been posed about the realignment process.

What the UIL does during realignment is a difficult job and regardless of their efforts, they will be criticized by some for the outcome and praised by others. I believe the UIL works very hard to provide equity and common sense to the process. We will keep you informed as we learn more about our status in the new realignment. Please let us know if you have any additional questions as we approach the 2014 realignment.

Thanks and Go Roos!

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2014 UIL Realignment

What process does the UIL use to realign districts?

The process used for realignment of schools is posted on the UIL webpage. You may access their process from the following link: http://www.uiltexas.org/alignments.

How many schools are currently classified as 5A?

For the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, 245 schools were classified as 5A. Using the enrollment numbers from around the state, the UIL determined that the cut point between 4A and 5A would be an enrollment of 2,090 or more students. With 2,224.5 students, Weatherford High School was 134.5 students above the cut point. The .5 comes from students that were enrolled less than full time. In the last realignment, there were 45 high schools smaller than Weatherford High School that were also classified as 5A high schools.

Does our transfer policy increase our enrollment numbers enough to shift us into 5A?

Weatherford ISD’s acceptance of transfer students did not result in Weatherford High School being classified as a 5A high school during the last realignment. Included in the 2011 enrollment number of 2,224.5 were 80 transfer students in grades 9-12. Of those 80 transfer students, 25 were children of employees of the district and five were children enrolled in the area deaf education program that Weatherford ISD provides.

If you subtract the number of transfer students and those students enrolled in the deaf education program, Weatherford High School would have still been 54.5 students over the cut point for 5A in 2012. In this scenario there would have been 21 high schools with lower enrollments than WHS classified as 5A schools.

What is our high school enrollment for the 2014 realignment?

The enrollment submission that will be used to determine classification and district alignments for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years occurred on Oct. 25. Weatherford High School’s enrollment submission was 2,227 students in grades 9-12. This number includes 66 transfer students, 15 of which are children of employees, and four who are enrolled in the area deaf education program. If the same cut point is used by the UIL again in 2014, Weatherford will remain in the largest classification.

What will the cut point be for the new realignment?

The short answer is we don’t know what the cut point will be for the 2014 realignment. While it was 2,090 in 2012, that does not mean that it will be the same number this time. The UIL has determined that there will be anywhere from 226 to 240 high schools in the largest classification (6A). We will have to wait to see if population migration to the metropolitan areas across the state has increased and if that shifts some 4A high schools into a 5A classification. Geography will also have an effect as the UIL works to create viable districts that minimize travel and ensure there are enough schools to compete against.

When will we learn the cut points for the new realignment?

The UIL has informed coaches and administrators it will release each classification’s cut point numbers earlier this year than in the past. We’re expecting to receive these in late November or early December. These cut point numbers will tell us what classification we will be in for the next biennium. The district alignments will not be released until February 2014.

What about the new 6A division?

Class 6A will be created, but not to house the state’s mega-high schools. Instead, during the 2014-16 realignment, the current Class A will be split in two, with the remaining classes relabeled; subsequently, 5A becomes 6A, 4A becomes 5A, 3A becomes 4A, and so on.

Jeffrey Hanks, PhD. Superintendent

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