Polk County conference loses 1A schools in latest NCHSAA realignment plan

The second draft of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 2021 realignment plan looks much different than the first for Polk County.

PCHS is now in a seven-team, all-2A conference in the latest version of the NCHSAA’s plan to align member schools into conference for the 2021-2025 period. Realignments are held every four years and determine the classifications and conferences for each school.

Polk County, which will move up to 2A in 2021, would be in a conference with six other 2A schools – Brevard, Chase, East Rutherford, Hendersonville, Patton and R-S Central.

Rosman and Thomas Jefferson were originally placed in the conference, with Patton not part of the group. Rosman has been relocated to a 2A/1A conference with Avery, Mitchell, Mountain Heritage, Draughn, Owen and Madison. Thomas Jefferson has been moved to a 2A/1A conference with schools in Cleveland and Gaston counties.

The full second draft can be viewed here.

Schools now have until January 21 to appeal the second draft in writing. Those appeals will then be heard on Jan. 27-28, and the NCHSAA Realignment Committee will then meet Feb. 3 to review those appeals.

“This draft represents a sacrifice of time by committee members to review and study all submitted suggestions and proposals,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker in an update to schools about the second draft. “While the draft does not satisfy all wishes and wants of each member school, it does represent an intentional effort by the committee to be fair and consistent in its decisions relative to any changes in conferences from the initial draft.”

A third draft of the plan will be issued Feb. 4, with final appeals due in writing by Feb. 10. Those appeals will be heard on Feb. 17, with the Realignment Committee then submitting a report to the NCHSAA Board of Directors.

The NCHSAA board will then vote on the final plan sometime in March.

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