The proposed high school region realignment has been realigned already, less than two weeks after a Utah High School Activities association study committee had submitted a similar-albeit more conservative-realignment proposal.
The most recent realignment proposal involves considerably more shifting of schools-not only from one region to another but also from one size classification to another.
The new proposal will be forwarded to the UHSAA Legislative Council, which will vote on the realignment issue during its Jan. 11 meeting. The council can adopt, revise or reject the proposal.
The changes come after school input and closer inspection of enrollment figures, with the study committee having received S-3 reports-the same used by schools in determing their funding-from the state office of education, said UHSAA Assistant Director David Wilkey.
Enrollments are used in determining the four size classifications with 1A schools having enrollments up to 175 students, 2A schools for 176 to 550, 3A schools from 551 to 1,199, and 4A more than 1,200. The enrollment limits are strictly adhered to for 1A and 2A schools in the realignment propsal for the next four years, while the figures are considered more flexible for 3A and 4A schools, with geographies, competitiveness and participation being the major determinants.
The new proposal creates a 4A league based in Utah County, with the trio of Pleasant Grove, Provo and Timpview stepping up from 3A to join American Fork, Mountain View and Orem.
Meanwhile, Emery, Lehi, Union and Wasatch move from 3A to 2A to create a new Region 7 with former Region 8 members Carbon and Uintah. That leaves Payson, Spanish Fork and Springville remaining in Region 8 to be joined by the old Region 7threesome of Cedar City, Dixie and Pine View.
Bountiful and Woods Cross drop down to 3A status to join the existing Region 6, while Box Elder does the same by becoming a part of Region 5.
Beaver, Hurricane, Kanab and North Sevier will still be bumped up to Region 10 and 2A classification as planned, with South Summit and Gunnison mirroring the move to 2A in Region 9. Some shifting of members between the 2A leagues help balance the members after the departure of four former 2A teams to 3A status.
Several 4A schools will be shifted to new regions with Viewmont joining Davis as new Region 1 members, Skyline and Olympus assuming the vacancies left in Region 2, and East and Highland moving over to Region 3.
The three 1A leagues-Regions 11, 12, and 13-remain the same from the previous proposal. However, Region 12 may see the addition of two Nevada schools-Virgin Valley and Lincoln County-pending approval from the pair's respective boards of education.
If the two become full-fledged UHSAA members, it would be the first time the association has included out-of-state schools. Four years ago, UHSAA nearly had a Four Corners region comprised of area schools from Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
The study committee has been working on the realignment issue for nearly 18 months, having an original realignment proposal rejected by the UHSAA Legislative Council earlier this year.