Utah High Schools Weigh In On Realignment

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SANDY (ABC4 Utah News) – Several high schools around the state are about to change classifications and regions as part of the Utah High School Activities Association realignment.

Wednesday night at Jordan High School dozens of coaches, principals and athletic directors from all over the state weighed in on the proposal, which affects sports, band, drama, choir and debate.

Many school officials voiced concerns at the meeting. Some said that the proposed realignment will end traditional rivalries and increase travel distances which would result in more costs and missed classes.

Mary Bray, the principal of Wayne High School in Bicknell, addressed the UHSAA Board of Trustees.

“This travel will put our students on the road for many hours…getting home at 1 or 2 in the morning and having to return to school and it also puts our parents and families at risk,” Bray said. “Many of these roads we have to travel are…hours away from emergency services and in the wintertime horrible roads and conditions.”

 The Board of Trustees will finalize realignment Thursday and the changes will go into effect starting in the Fall of 2017.

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