Every two years, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) uses student enrollment figures to determine school districts' classifications (1A -6A), then realigns districts to balance the number of teams and to minimize travel.
Last week, the UIL announced the Conference Cutoff Numbers for 2014-16, providing the range of enrollment for each of the six conferences. Weatherford ISD’s enrollment of 2,227 places it in the UIL’s 6A conference. Aledo’s 1,548 places it in 5A.
WISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks sent out a message to the community addressing how transfer students affected Weatherford’s numbers.
“It is important to note that Weatherford ISD’s acceptance of transfer students did not result in Weatherford High School being classified as a 6A high school in this realignment,” he said, citing that only 66 transfer students in grades 9-12 were transfers.
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Of those, he said, 15 were children of employees of the district and four were children enrolled in the area deaf education program that WISD provides.
“If you subtract the number of transfer students and those students enrolled in the deaf education program, Weatherford High School remains 61 students over the cut point for 6A,” he said.
The UIL will announce the conference districts, which will list the schools that will compete with Weatherford and Aledo on Feb. 3. Hanks said his district is “focused on being competitive in this new realignment.”
I would like to reiterate that 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,” Hanks continued. “I believe the UIL works very hard to provide equity and common sense to the process.”
Anyone interested in more information about the process used by the UIL to realign districts may visit their website at http://www.uiltexas.org/alignments.