(Photo: Beau Brune)With the release of the first reclassification district proposals by the LHSAA Thursday, the most notable items include 15 area schools switching classes.Start with Landry-Walker.The Chargin’ Bucs won the Class 5A state championship in 2016 but are now moving down to Class 4A to be part of a loaded district which includes rival Karr, along with Warren Easton. Good luck competing in that league! Belle Chasse and Helen Cox remain in the district.Riverdale, which has struggled to compete in football for many years but has gotten better, will face the task of moving up to Class 5A to compete in the Jefferson Parish Public School League and basically replace Landry-Walker in a district with John Ehret, East Jefferson, West Jefferson and Bonnabel, among others.Lusher Charter continues to grow its enrollment as a fine academic institution and the Lions move up to Class 4A to play in District 10-4A with Ben Franklin, Carver, NOMMA, J.F. Kennedy and McMain. Livingston Collegiate, based in the East, is new and will be part of the league as well.St. James moves up from Class 2A to Class 3A and the Wildcats will be leaving their New Orleans area district to play in a bayou area league and will be reunited with rival Lutcher in District 9-3A as the Bulldogs slide down from 4A to 3A. The league will include Berwick, Donaldsonville, Patterson and St. James.KIPP-Booker T. Washington moves up to Class 3A from Class B and will compete for state honors. The Lions will be part of 10-3A, joined by McDonogh 35, which drops from Class 4A, along with Martin Luther King Charter, who slides into the league.Kenner Discovery moves into 11-3A and will compete with De La Salle, Haynes and Thomas Jefferson, among others in its first year of varsity competition.Cohen College Prep and St. Charles Catholic both slide down from Class 3A to Class 2A and both will compete in District 11-3A. Morris Jeff Community School also moves into the league.Country Day drops to Class 1A and joins Riverside Academy, which also drops to 1A and Crescent City Christian, which moves up in class to make a very good league with West St. John.In Class B, Christ Episcopal moves up from Class C to District 8-B to compete with Holden, Maurepas and Runnels.Looking at changes outside of the New Orleans area, Benton moves up from Class 4A to Class 5A and basically replaces Evangel in District 1-5A.West Ouachita moves up from Class 4A to Class 5A into a very tough District 2-5A with West Monroe, Ruston, Ouachita Parish and Alexandria, among others.New Lafayette area school Southside moves into Class 3A, drawing from Comeaux, and will compete with Comeaux, Acadiana, Barbe, Sam Houston and Sulphur, among others in District 3-5A.Woodlawn of Baton Rouge has increased its enrollment and moves to Class 5A to play in District 5-5A with Catholic High of Baton Rouge, along with East Ascension and others.The big news surrounding out-of-area teams is that Evangel Christian will play down to Class 4A.The Eagles have a natural geographical league to play in with District 1-4A with seven other schools, including Woodlawn of Shreveport, Minden, North DeSoto and others. No doubt the members of that district are pensive about the move.Bolton and Peabody move up to Class 4A and will compete in District 3-4A with Tioga, DeRidder and Leesville.District 4-4A has four new members, including Eunice, LaGrange, North Vermilion and Washington-Marion.District 6-4A has three new members, including Belaire, Broadmoor and Istrouma, joining Lee Magnet, Istrouma, St. Michael and Tara.In 3A, Bossier drops down from 4A to play in 3-1A while Mansfield moves into the league, moving up from Class 2A.Buckeye and Grant drop down in class from 4A to play in District 3-3A.St. Martinville moves down from Class 4A to play in district 5-3A.Ville Platte moves up from 2A to play in District 6-3A.Parkview Baptist moves back down from 4A to 3A and the Eagles will be placed in 7-3A, along with Collegiate Baton Rouge.In Class 2A, Jonesboro-Hodge moves up from Class 1A and will compete in District 2-1A.Madison drops down from Class 3A to compete in District 2-2A.Avoyelles also drops down from Class 3A and the Mustangs will be placed in District 4-2A.District 6-2A has a pair of new members in Lafayette Christian, who moves up from 1A and in Port Barre, who drops down from Class 3A.Houma Christian moves up from Class 1A to Class 2A and will compete in District 7-2A in a league heading west toward New Iberia.Kentwood, always a power in 1A, moves up to 2A and the Kangaroos will play in District 9-2A with neighbors St. Helena, Independence and Amite, among others.In Class 1A, Calvary Baptist drops down from Class 2A and the Cavaliers will be placed in District 1-1A, along with a newcomer in Magnolia School of Excellence. The league is spread out, as far East as Haynesville.East Beauregard moves down from Class 2A and the Trojans will play in District 2-1A.District 6-1A has a pair of new members in Mount Hermon and The Church Academy as Mount Hermon moves up in class while the Crusaders step down from Class 2A.In Class B, Dodson and Saline move into District 1-B, Singer and University Academy move into District 6-B and Academy of The Sacred Heart-Grand Coteau is now in 7-B.In Class C, Hornbeck is now part of District 3-C, new school Baton Rouge International and Brighton join District 7-B and South Cameron drops all the way down from Class 1A to District 6-C.Here are the proposed districts for the next two school years:The next classification meeting is set for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge with schools objecting to the first plan having a chance to voice their concerns.
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