The Georgia High School Association Monday morning denied Pinecrest Academy’s appeal to transfer from Region 8-A to Region 6-A.
Pinecrest officials had requested the move due to concerns about travel, financial and academic issues. Region 6-A contains more schools (four) that are within 25 miles of Pinecrest than Region 8, but the members of each alignment are comparable in average distance from the Catholic school in southern Cumming.
Athletic director Andres Montana said he plans on submitting a second appeal to the GHSA’s full executive committee. That submission is due by 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6.
After hearing appeals for lateral transfers, the reclassification committee made a number of rulings Monday that affect Forsyth County high schools.
Habersham Central’s request to transfer from Region 7 to Region 6 was turned down. The region’s membership will remain at eight schools: North Forsyth, South Forsyth, West Forsyth, Lambert, Alpharetta, Centennial, Chattahoochee and Johns Creek.
Forsyth Central’s region will stay the same as the GHSA’s original proposal with one slight change.
Cambridge will move from subregion B to subregion A after a successful appeal to do so, joining Central, Creekview, North Springs, Northview and Sequoyah.
North Atlanta’s request to move from Region 6 to Region 7 was denied, and Riverwood didn’t get its appeal to transfer out of the region to the GHSA by Friday’s deadline, Central athletic director Mike Woodard said.
The reclassification committee approved Lincoln County’s appeal to transfer from Region 7 to Pinecrest’s region. Lincoln County’s acceptance into subregion B gives each side of the grouping seven schools.
The Lincolnton school, located 121 miles away from subregion A member Pinecrest, was not at last week’s meeting of Class A public schools desiring to break away from the GHSA.
Even with the addition of Lincoln County, Pinecrest’s trips to away region games will average a distance of 54 miles from its campus. The Region 6 schools are an average distance of 58 miles from Pinecrest.
Of the 18 appeals the GHSA heard Monday, seven were approved, though only three transfers from one region to another passed. The executive committee will hear the next round of appeals Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in Macon and ratify later that day the new classifications and regions for the 2012-2014 cycle.