A recent proposal by the Kansas State High School Activities Asssociation (KSHSAA) towards an enrollment classification change, which would include a private school multiplier, took another step towards being put into effect today.
In a vote of member schools, the proposal passed by 61.2%, passing in Classes 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A. Class 6A only favored by 16.7%, as no private schools are in the class, while Class 5A voted 17 yes, 19 no.
However, the proposal will need to be approved by the Kansas State Board of Education.
If approved by the KSBE, then Kansas State legislature would have to propose and enact a bill to approve the change. A similar attempt was proposed to the Kansas state legislature and died in committee in June of 2016.
The proposal is to move up many private schools, which have enjoyed overwhelming athletic success. For example, either Bishop Miege or St. James has won the Kansas Class 4A football title every year since 2014. Since 2006, a private school has won the girls soccer title in all but two years. St. Thomas Aquinas is enjoying a six-peat in Kansas Class 5A girls basketball, while Bishop Miege has won 7 of the last 8.
Excerpt from the April 29, 2022 KSHSAA Board of Directors MINUTES:
A motion was made by Hines, seconded by Whittaker, to modify Rule 5 Classification of Senior High Schools, Section 2, by adding an additional Article 5:
NOTE: State of Kansas Identifying Statutes would need to be approved by both the State Board of Education and the State Legislature prior to implementation of any changes to classification. Without these approvals, amendments to Rule 5 would not be permissible.
State Of Kansas Identifying Statutes
K.S.A. 2014 SUPP. 72-7114. High school activities association; board of directors, executive board, appeal board; articles and bylaws; reports; classification system; executive director and personnel; application of open meetings law and open records law.
(a) Any association with a majority of the high schools of the state as members and the purpose of which association is the statewide regulation, supervision, promotion and development of any of the activities defined in K.S.A. 72-7117, and amendments thereto, and in which any public high school of this state may participate directly or indirectly shall:
(1) On or before September 1 of each year make a full report of its operation for the preceding calendar year to the state board of education. The report shall contain a complete and detailed financial statement under the certificate of a certified public accountant.
(2) File with the state board a copy of all reports and publications issued from time to time by such association.
(3) Be governed by a board of directors which shall exercise the legislative authority of the association and shall establish policy for the association.
(4) Submit to the state board of education, for its approval or disapproval prior to adoption, any amendments, additions, alterations or modifications of its articles of incorporation or bylaws. If any articles of incorporation, bylaws or any amendment, addition or alteration thereto is disapproved by the state board of education, the same shall not be adopted.
(5) Establish a system for the classification of member high schools according to student attendance and other means.
(6) Be subject to the provisions of the Kansas open meetings law.
(7) Be subject to the provisions of the open records law.
Classification of Senior High Schools
Section 2: Senior High Regulations
Art. 5: Private schools will be subject to an enrollment multiplier factor when determining classification numbers. Factors for determining the multiplier include school location, socio-economic status, and championship factor. To calculate the multiplier number, the following criteria will be applied:
Any private school that has won five or more state team championships in the most recent five school years will have a multiplier applied to their classification enrollment count. These select private schools will begin with a 1.0 multiplier. The following factors will be added to the multiplier for each select private school.
Championship Factor - cumulative state championships over the previous 5-year period (not activity specific, team activities only).
10+ championships: + 0.30
5-9 championships: + 0.15
NOTE: If a private school has won less than 5 championships in the previous five-year period, the multiplier remains 1.0.
Geographic Population Factor – public school attendance area in which the private school is located.
Within a 5A/6A community: + 0.30
Within a 3A/4A community: + 0.15
Within a 1A/2A community: + 0
NOTE: If a private school does not meet the Championship Factor, the Geographic Population Factor would not take effect.
Socio-Economic Population Factor
0-20% Free/Reduced students reported: + 0.15
>20% Free/Reduced students reported: + 0
NOTE: If a private school does not meet the Championship Factor, the Socio-Economic Population Factor would not take effect.
NOTE: The multiplier impacts classification for all school activities and will be applied to both general and football classification numbers. Schools cannot move up more than one classification based upon the multiplier. The multiplier enrollment count will not force a school to move from 8-person to 11-person football or from 6-person to 8-person football. Geographic location is determined by the physical address of the private school. If Free/Reduced data is not collected and/or reported, it is assumed to be zero. There is no process for appeal to change a classification that has already been changed by the multiplier.