VHSL rejects appeal to split Class 4 into 8 regions

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Virginia High School League's Appeal Committee voted unanimously against Region 4B's appeal to split Class 4 into eight regions during a meeting on Wednesday.

Region 4B, which was have the state's largest region (21 teams) in the proposed mid-cycle realignment plan, had sought to divide the current four regions into eight, with each region consisting of 6 to 9 teams. Had that appeal been approved, it could have affected Handley, James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando which are part of Region 4C.

The committee rejected the appeal with a 5-0 vote.

The committee approved three requests for schools to play down a classification, citing declining enrollment numbers: Buffalo Gap (from 2B to 1B), Caroline (from 4B to 3B) and Giles (from 2C to 1C). Buffalo Gap and Caroline received 4-1 votes, while Giles' approval was 5-0.

Following the appeals, the committee voted 5-0 to present the final alignment plan to the VHSL's Executive Committee for approval on Sept. 23.

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