Private multiplier proposal still has hurdles to clear

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By KSHSAA Covered Staff

Kansas is about to see a multiplier formula applied to the classification of private schools.

But the next two steps are still important.

In last week’s vote by its Kansas State High School Activities Association member schools, a proposal to institute a multiplier for private school enrollment numbers for classification purposes was passed by both a majority of schools and classifications. The votes were made via ballots submitted to KSHSAA which were due to be cast on June 14.

To pass, a majority of schools (at least 177 of the 353 member schools) had to vote in favor of the proposal. In addition, a majority of the classes (at least four out of six) also had to vote for it.

These numbers have been achieved. Four of the six classes voted in favor of the proposal – 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A all voted in favor, with 6A and 5A voting against – while 216 schools voted in favor and 139 against.

“The proposed changes to the classification system have reached another significant milestone with the approval of the leadership of our member schools,” said KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick. “The vote means the established system is working as the details of the proposal were worked out by the classification working group and then reviewed throughout the past year by groups of stakeholders including students, coaches and administrators. As a result of this statewide education effort, the proposal was refined and then endorsed by members. While the proposal has yet to be approved by the State Board of Education, and then ultimately receive relief with an amendment to Kansas law, we are now closer to seeing a private school enrollment multiplier to be included in the annual school classification system.

How close that is remains to be seen.

The next step sends the proposal to the Kansas State Board of Education, which must approve an amendment to Kansas state law that currently requires KSHSAA classifications to be determined strictly on the number of student attendance only. Saudi Arabia 2014 Sup. 72-114 reads as follows:

Saudi Arabia 2014 SUPP. 72-7114. Association of high school activities; board of directors, executive committee, appeal commission; statutes and regulations; reports; Classification system; executive director and staff; enforcement of the Public Meetings Act and the Public Records Act.
(a) Any association of which the majority of the high schools in the State are members and whose purpose is the regulation, supervision, promotion and statewide development of any of the activities defined in KSA 72 -7117, as amended, and in which any public secondary school in this State may participate directly or indirectly:
(1) No later than September 1 of each year, make a full report of its operation for the preceding calendar year to the State Board of Education. The report must contain a complete and detailed financial statement under the certificate of a certified public accountant.
(2) File with the Council of State a copy of all reports and publications issued from time to time by this association.
(3) Be governed by a board of directors which exercises the legislative authority of the association and establishes the policy of the association.
(4) Submit to the state board of education, for approval or disapproval before adoption, any amendment, addition, alteration or modification of its statutes or regulations. If any articles of incorporation, bylaws, or any amendment, addition, or modification thereof are disapproved by the state board of education, they shall not be enacted.
(5) Establish a ranking system for member high schools based on student attendance.
(6) Be subject to the provisions of the Kansas Open Meetings Law.
(7) Be subject to the provisions of the Open Archives Act.

In the proposed law amendment, the verbiage “and other means” would be added to #5 to allow for the implementation of the following multiplier under section 2. This section would then read as follows with the approved multiplier format by KSHSAA member schools.

Art. 5: Private schools will be subject to an enrollment multiplier when determining classification numbers. Factors to determine the multiplier include school location, socioeconomic status, and league factor. To calculate the multiplier number, the following criteria will be applied:

Any private school that has won at least five state team championships in the past five school years will have a multiplier applied to its classification’s enrollment count. These selecting private schools will start with a multiplier of 1.0. The following factors will be added to the multiplier for each private school selected.

Championship Factor – accumulated state championships during the previous 5-year period (no specific activity, team activities only).?
10+ leagues: + 0.30
5-9 championships: +0.15
REMARK: If a private school has won less than 5 championships in the previous five years, the multiplier remains 1.0.

Geographic demographic factor – attendance zone of the public school in which the private school is located.
Within a 5A/6A community: + 0.30
Within a 3A/4A community: +0.15
Within a 1A/2A community: + 0?
REMARK: If a private school does not meet the championship factor, the geographic population factor would not take effect.

Socio-economic demographic factor
0-20% of free/discounted students reported: +0.15
>20% of free/reduced students said: + 0
REMARK: If a private school does not meet the championship factor, the socio-economic population factor would not take effect.

REMARK: The multiplier has an impact on the classification of all school activities and will be applied to both general and football classification Numbers. Schools cannot move up more than one classification based on the multiplier. Enrollment multiplier will not require a school to switch from 8-11 football or 6-8 football. Geographic location is determined by the physical address of the private school. If free/reduced data is not collected and/or reported, it is assumed to be void. There is no appeal process to change a classification that has already been changed by the multiplier.

If the Kansas State Board of Education approves the multiplier, it will then go to the Kansas Legislature, which must approve the change to the current law.

The private school multiplier has been a hot topic among KSHSAA member schools for some time, gaining momentum in recent years.

Yet even passing the school vote, there were still a large number of schools that were not in favor of the multiplier.

Only two of the state’s 28 private schools voted for the multiplier — Class 1A Junction City-St. Xavier and Wichita Classical – while four did not submit votes, which were counted as no votes.

In Class 6A, only six schools voted in favor of the multiplier – Blue Valley, Blue Valley North, Blue Valley Northwest, Blue Valley West, Hutchinson and Liberal. While 5A didn’t vote up as a class, it was almost an even split with 17 voting for the multiplier. Eight 5A schools did not submit votes, counting as no votes to tip the class.

A total of 82 schools failed to submit votes, resulting in no votes.

Class 4A had the biggest push towards the multiplier with 32 of 36 schools voting for it. Two of the no votes were the only two private schools in the ranking, Bishop Miege and Topeka Hayden and the other two were votes not submitted.

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