CCHS decides to wait to appeal move into Region 7-AAAAA | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 30, 2017 1:00 pm
Last Updated: August 30, 2017 at 6:46 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) denied 12 of 13 appeals heard Wednesday Aug. 23 regarding the most recent proposed realignment for high schools — including Colleton County High School. In the current proposal, Colleton County would shift to Region 7-AAAAA beginning in 2018-19. Currently, they compete in Region 8-AAAA.
On Monday, CCHS Athletic Director Leon Hammond said Colleton County High School would not be appealing the Aug. 23 decision to the appellate panel on Aug. 29, but instead plans to plead their case during upcoming classification meetings. According to Hammond, the SCHSL bylaws appear to allow high schools to appeal within their classifications once the realignment is deemed official and adopted.
Hammond traveled to Columbia Aug. 23 and was shot down 13-0 following his allowed 10-minute presentation to remain in AAAA. “The appeal was denied,” said Hammond. “No reason was given specifying why. I am awaiting feedback from the commissioner before we move forward with the appeals process.”
Both Berkeley and Stall appealed to the SCHSL last week to move into AAAAA, which would have opened to the door for Colleton County to remain in AAAA. Both were denied during the Aug. 23 appeal process. However, Berkeley won its appeal to the appellate panel on Aug. 29 by a 5-2 vote and will move into Class AAAAA.
Realignments for regions and classes are conducted every two years by the SCHSL. The classes are determined by school enrollment in grades 9-12 during the spring semester of the odd numbered years and becomes effective during the fall semester of the following even-numbered year, for a period of two years.
Colleton County is ranked 45th in terms of attendance out of 217-member schools. Summerville, Ashley Ridge and Fort Dorchester are ranked in the state’s 10 largest high schools. Wando High School is the state’s highest in terms of attendance with 4,365 students.