The N.C. High School Athletic Association board of directors will look at East Chapel Hill’s enrollment numbers before adopting a 2013-17 realignment plan during next week’s annual spring meeting.
“There is some new information concerning East Chapel Hill that will be presented to the board,” said Davis Whitfield, the NCHSAA commissioner. “How that information will impact the next alignment is a matter for the board.”
East Chapel Hill’s average daily membership was reported to the NCHSAA realignment committee as being 1,401 and the school was aligned as a 3A school. The actual ADM may be high enough for the school to be placed in the 4A classification.
If East Chapel Hill is moved to 4A, the NCHSAA board may change the alignment of Green Hope and Panther Creek, who are aligned with Durham Hillside, Durham Jordan, Durham Riverside, Northern Durham and Person in the current draft alignment.
“The reason given for moving Green Hope and Panther Creek from where they have played in the past was because a five-team league is not viable. If East Chapel Hill goes in, the PAC Six is a six-team league and a six-team league is viable,” said Bobby Guthrie, Wake County schools senior administrator.
“I would hope the board would move Green Hope and Panther Creek back where they were.”
Green Hope and Panther Creek traditionally have played against other Wake County schools and have filed an appeal to the NCHSAA board. The board is expected to hear eight appeals that involve 10 schools.
The NCHSAA places its member schools in classifications and conferences every four years. The association uses each school’s ADM as reported by the Department of Public Instruction to place the schools into one of four classifications and then puts each school in a conference.
Ray Hartsfield, the East Chapel Hill athletic director, said the school’s average daily membership is 1,441, which would put the school in the 4A classification.
“You’re asking me something I don’t know,” Hartsfield said when asked whether the school would be moved to the 4A class during the next alignment.
East Chapel Hill currently is in the PAC-Six 4A with the Durham schools and Person. Hartsfield met with representatives of the league last week and he indicated East Chapel Hill might join the league during the next alignment period.
“At this point, all we really know is that the board will look at East Chapel Hill’s numbers before adopting the realignment plan,” said Que Tucker, the deputy commissioner of the NCHSAA.