HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WRCB) -- The Tennessee Schools Secondary Athletic Association Legislative Council denied a proposal Wednesday to unify all public and private schools during the regular season and separate them for the playoffs.
The move means the multiplier rule will stay in effect. In the current system, private schools that do not provide financial aid can still compete in Division I, but their enrollments must be multiplied by 1.8 for classification purposes.
The proposed change would have brought local Division II programs Baylor and McCallie back into the same division/districts as public schools during the regular season, only to place them and other local Division I private schools, such as Boyd-Buchanan and Notre Dame, in separate tournament brackets during the postseason.
TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress told The Tennessean the proposal would have helped travel and scheduling for many programs during the regular season, but it also presented issues of having to start their classification process over again from scratch.
Georgia is in its first year of a public-private postseason split in its smallest classification.
Local schools Gordon Lee, Trion and Darlington played the regular season regions mixed with both public and private schools, but were split into 16-team Class A Public and Class A Private tournament brackets for the postseason.
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