Deerfield-Windsor’s board of trustees have voted to keep the Albany school in the GISA for the next two years.
According to a news release from the school, the vote came following surveys of parents and head coaches, as well as a review of the findings of a study group.
The decision comes following the departure of Macon’s four largest private schools from the GISA. FPD moved to the GHSA in 2010, while Mount de Sales, Stratford and Tattnall Square will join the GHSA in 2014.
“Deerfield-Windsor is in a unique geographical location for an independent school,” Deerfield-Windsor board chairman Mark Lane said. “Although there are numerous GISA member schools nearby, the nearest GHSA independent school is 80 miles away. We are a private school and believe that the GISA serves our overall needs at this time. We will continue to monitor our competitive situation over the next two years, and the Board will again consider our membership in 2015.”
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Deerfield-Windsor headmaster Dave Davies also had concerns about a possible move to the GHSA.
“We are concerned about all of the uncertainties in the GHSA at the present time,” Davies said. “The public/private split is less than a year old and is tenuous at best, talk of a possible enrollment multiplier has been considered by state legislators, and our region cannot be determined.
“In many of our athletic and literary programs, the level of competition in the GISA is more than sufficient to challenge our athletes and students. In those sports where we are more dominant, we will work harder to find opponents, including those out of state, who will challenge our teams.”
In addition to Deerfield-Windsor, Westfield has already committed to the GISA for the two-year alignment and scheduling cycle that begins in 2014.