At its fall meeting this week, the Georgia High School Association voted to return to 4 classifications, from the present 5, beginning with the 2004 season.
Each class would have about 88 schools, except for Class AAAA which will have about 118. The 32 largest schools will compete in AAAA until the playoffs, when they will be paired against each other for a "Super 32" title. All 32 of the "Super 32" would make the playoffs in that super-class. This plan, which must be approved again at next spring's GHSA meeting, is intended to avoid having schools like Collins Hill, with over 3200 students, compete against much smaller current-AAAAA schools, like Evans High with about 2000 students.
If given final approval, what does this new plan mean to Lincoln County? Schools, large compared to Lincoln County and other current Class A schools, will move down from AA to A. These would probably include old competitors like Irwin County, Turner County, and Manchester.