A second attempt at a proposal to move the state’s private schools into a separate athletic classification failed to pass muster with the WVSSAC’s Board of Control Tuesday at the Stonewall Jackson resort.

But a proposal to create a fourth championship classification in football and boys and girls basketball passed the board 78-37 and will be advanced to the state Board of Education for its consideration in June.

Midland Trail High School’s proposal to form a Class AP for the state’s private schools was voted down 90-22 by the BOC, which is comprised of school principals. Two years ago, the same proposal passed the Board of Control by a large margin but was voted down by the state BOE.

“I thought it would be a little closer,” MTHS assistant principal Randy Halsey said of Tuesday’s vote. “It was interesting to be involved in the process and see it first-hand, and see the politics behind it.”

Halsey said that, as happened two years ago, the possibility of legal challenges was mentioned if the Class AP proposal passed.

Another Midland Trail-backed proposal, which would not allow out-of-state students to attend West Virginia schools to compete in sports, was also overwhelmingly rejected, as was a Gilbert High plan that would have forced private schools to compete in the same classification as their nearest public school neighbor.

— E-mail: skeenan@register-herald.com

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