The Kansas State High School Athletics Association board of directors moved forward a proposal Friday that would split Class 4A into two different classifications.
The KSHAA board decided to let the schools vote on the proposal by a vote of 35-27.
Class 4A currently sports 64 schools, including both McPherson and Smoky Valley, with the enrollment range stretching from 258 students to 729, which is the largest enrollment gap outside of 1A in the state.
The proposed split would create two, 32 team divisions. This is similiar to the way Class 1A is divided into Divisions I and II for basketball and volleyball.
The move would only effect football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. The reasoning for the selective implementation is that those are the only sports a majority of 4A schools share.
The proposal was first brought before the board of directors in 2012 and championed by the Big 7 league in northeast Kansas. That league consists of Santa Fe Trail, Hiawatha, Holton, Royal Valley, Jefferson West, Perry-LeCompton, Sabetha and Nemaha Valley.
Class 4A schools will receive ballots within the next month, with the deadline to vote set for June 15. A majority of the schools will be needed to pass the proposal.
If passed, it would go into effect in the 2013-14 school year for all sports except football, which will implement it the following school year.
This is the second such attempt in a year.
Last summer, a proposal would have dropped the smallest schools in each of 4A, 3A, 2-1A to the next classification below, with 2-1A’s smallest falling to the eight-man ranks. It failed to pass any class but 4A.