Dear GISA Member Schools,
On Tuesday, December 13, a group of coaches and administrators representing 44 GHSA member schools, primarily Class A, convened inRochelle, GA to debate their future membership with GHSA and to explore possible alternatives. Specifically, these schools are considering forming their own league due to dissatisfaction with the GHSA rules and regulations regarding classification for public and private schools, and the perceived unlevel fields of competition. Officials from the GISA were invited, and Jeff Jackson, Tommy Whittle, and others representing GISA interests elected to attend in order to ensure an accurate understanding of the situation as well as to ascertain the potential effects on GISA Member Schools.
Numerous and varied reports have surfaced as a result of this meeting. Our primary objective was to gather information as advocates of GISA schools’ interests. Clearly stating that the GISA does not promote secession from the GHSA, we were asked if our organization would consider serving in an interscholastic advisory capacity to these schools should they create a new league. In this role, the GISA would offer advice and counsel, assisting the newly formed program with workable rules and regulations, and possibly entertain a management agreement in order to assist with their endeavor.
In accordance with our mission, the GISA is steadfastly committed to act on behalf of all the sons and daughters throughout the state ofGeorgia to promote healthy, fair, and level fields of play amongst all schools, whether public or private. After consultation with GISA leadership, the GISA favorably considers at present the provision of assistance to a newly created program, should it become a reality. While not encouraging departure of any school from GHSA membership, we do recognize the value that a new organization could impart to GISA interscholastics by presenting opportunities for crossover play between our schools and this newly formed league. For years, the GISA has requested opportunities for regular season crossplay with GHSA schools, to no avail. The request of our presence at this meeting and assistance with a new league uniquely positions us not only to better fulfill our own mission, but also empowers us to operate with increased influence in these matters throughout the future. At the December 13 meeting, a committee was appointed comprised of representatives from these particular GHSA schools in order to more fully evaluate their options, and they are expected to present their assessment during their next meeting in January.
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As inaccurate reporting is greatly possible, the GISA office promises to keep our member schools well apprised of any relevant events as they unfold. We do not anticipate any further developments until mid-January at the earliest, when these representatives reconvene with committee members. This will allow their group ample time to judiciously weigh their options.
As always, we remain faithfully devoted to our mission to defend the independence of and serve as advocates for our schools, while seeking and furthering paths of advancement for all of the students of our great state. Please contact any of us should you have any additional questions.
Jeff Jackson, Ed.D.
Chair, GISA Board of Trustees
Robert Veto, Ed.D.
Vice-Chair, GISA Board of Trustees
Dr. Ralph Swearngin
GHSA Executive Director