Louisiana high school principals want meeting after LHSAA moves schools to Select
Anacoco principal Raymond Haymon has distributed a letter and form to Louisiana high school superintendents in an effort to force a meeting with LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine concerning a recent decision the LHSAA Executive Committee made concerning altering which schools are in Select and Non-Select.
Haymon and Northwood principal Shannon Wall are among a group of principals disappointed that the committee made some impactful decisions without the consent of Louisiana principals as a group. The executive committee voted 15-2 to move all Caddo Parish schools into Select. Prior to the vote, only Byrd, Evangel, Loyola and Calvary were in the Select classification.
“We aren’t having much of a voice in the LHSAA,” Haymon told the Shreveport Times. “There are a lot of people unhappy about the new divisions. This isn’t about the proposals or what’s right or what’s wrong, it’s about the principals of Louisiana having a say-so.”
The LHSAA emailed a memo last week moving a number of schools from Non-Select (mostly public) to Select (mostly private) without the matter coming before the entire membership of principals. The decision was based on schools having a magnet component, although Northwood was lumped in with the remainder of the Caddo schools as a Select school, despite not having a magnet component, according to Wall.
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“I’m still not sure how we got to this point, but here we are. It’s mindboggling to me that the schools of Caddo Parish weren’t allowed to speak on behalf of themselves, and were seemingly voted on in one block since we are all very different schools,” Wall said in a letter he sent to the LHSAA. “I truly believe that if I had been allowed to speak to you and to show you the REAL numbers concerning our school, that 15 of you would not have been able to vote to send us to Select, where we obviously don’t belong.”
Haymon’s email cited LHSAA bylaw 7.1.2, which states that special meetings can be called by the association’s president and must be called within 60 calendar days upon written request of at least 50 percent of the member schools. He had reached out to most of the Class B and C schools by Thursday afternoon, but was having trouble finding accurate email addresses for a number of the superintendents in Louisiana.
“The LHSAA sent out the memo on the divisions with no clarity. We want an explanation,” Haymon said. “Hopefully by next week, we will have reached everyone.”
Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.