High School Sports

Policy changes possible for Wake athletics

Posted April 19, 2012

Changes could be in store for athletics in Wake County Public Schools next year.

As the school system moves to choice plan for student assignment, some of the policies involving athletics could be revised to help control the movement of athletes between schools.

Currently, students who transfer from one Wake County school to another must have an athletic eligibility waiver signed by the principal of the student's base school and the principal of the new school, stating that the student did not transfer for athletic purposes. After both principals sign the waiver, it goes to the Wake County Senior Director of Athletics for approval.

The waiver will likely be changed next school year to go straight to the Senior Director of Athletics instead of the two schools, and it may require more detailed information about the transfer.

Bobby Guthrie, the Senior Director of Athletics for WCPSS, said the school system expects the number of transfer requests to drop with the new choice assignment plan.

The Board of Education is also expected to discuss how to handle athletics for students at alternative schools, leadership academies and early colleges in Wake County. Currently, WCPSS allows students who attend alternative schools to play sports at their base school, but the system does not allow students who attend early colleges to participate in sports.

N.C. High School Athletic Association rules do allow for early college students to play sports at a different high school if the local school district allows it.

Both topics are expected to be discussed at the May 1, Board of Education Work Session.

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  • reilteam Apr 20, 2012

    In several state high school athletic associations, many Wake County public high schools would be considered non-boundary schools since their students do not come from fixed boundaries in the school district. This designation would make the schools subject to an enrollment multiplier for classification purposes. Since most public Wake County high schools are already in the 4A classification, I suppose it wouldn't make much difference here if the NCHSAA adopted such an approach.