Orleans, Jefferson public schools become select following LHSAA vote

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Public schools in Orleans and Jefferson parishes are among the nearly 100 schools shifted from non-select to select status following the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee’s vote last week to re-define what constitutes a select school.

The LHSAA, as part of a memorandum Monday that was later provided to the media, sent a list of schools that will be designated as select and non-select for the 2022-23 school year.

Among the reasons schools are moving from non-select to select are open, or parish-wide, enrollment status, and charter or magnet designation.

LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine said in the memo to school leaders that schools have until June 21 to state in writing “why you feel as though your designation is inaccurate and/or describing parish policy changes addressing your designation.”

The executive committee vote makes the numbers of select and non-select schools almost equal.

In addition to Orleans and Jefferson, other notable parishes seeing their public schools shift to select status include Lafayette and Rapides.

Public schools in Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James, St. Tammany, Terrebonne and Washington parishes remain non-select.

In some cases, the parish is split depending on operation of its school. In Tangipahoa Parish, for instance, Loranger, Ponchatoula and Jewel Sumner are non-select, while Amite, Hammond, Independence and Kentwood – all magnet schools – move to select status.

Once any appeals have been completed, divisions in those sports impacted by the split – football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball – will be announced by the LHSAA later this summer, along with any changes to postseason brackets.

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