Varsity Extra: Columbia, Nampa making jump to 5A

rroberts@idahostatesman.comSeptember 25, 2013 

Conference alignments are changing for the 2014-16 seasons.

The Idaho High School Activities Association approved classification changes based on projected enrollment figures Tuesday at a board meeting in Pocatello.

• Columbia (in Nampa) and Nampa are moving from the 4A Southern Idaho Conference to the 5A SIC. The cutoff for 4A status is a student enrollment of 1,279.

• Kuna’s petition to remain 4A was approved by a majority of the classification’s school superintendents.

• Emmett’s projected enrollment means a drop from the 4A SIC to the 3A Snake River Valley.

That means there will be 12 schools in the 5A SIC, six in the 4A SIC and six in the 3A SRV. The classification changes are for all sports.

The conference alignments for the 2014-16 seasons will be:

• 5A SIC: Boise, Borah, Capital, Centennial, Columbia, Eagle, Meridian, Mountain View, Nampa, Rocky Mountain, Timberline, Vallivue

• 4A SIC: Bishop Kelly, Caldwell, Kuna, Middleton, Mountain Home, Skyview

• 3A SRV: Emmett, Fruitland, Homedale, Parma, Payette, Weiser

District Three officials haven’t finalized all plans for 2014-15, but are considering a pod system for 5A SIC sports such as football. Each sport will be evaluated individually to determine the best plan for conference competition, Meridian School District Athletic Director Scott Stewart said.

Boise School District Athletic Director Matt Kobe said officials are working on a plan that will preserve traditional rivalries.

SMALL SCHOOLS

At the 1A level, petitions by Greenleaf and Rimrock to remain 1A Division I schools were approved, while enrollment figures for Horseshoe Bend mean the Mustangs move up to 1A Division I. The affiliations will last through the 2015-16 school year.

Here are more notable items from Tuesday’s meeting:

• IHSAA Executive Director John Billetz plans to retire at the end of the school year after eight seasons. The position opens to applicants Wednesday and closes Nov. 1. The Boise-based IHSAA will narrow the field to a group of finalists in December and expects to name Billetz’s successor in January. That person will take over the reins July 1.

• It is now mandatory that schools submit an IHSAA concussion survey after each sports season, starting with the 2013-14 school year.

• IHSAA Rule 11-3 regarding transgender student participation was approved. The IHSAA said Idaho was one of about 15 states that did not yet have a transgender participation policy. To read the complete rule, visit idhsaa.org.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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