The Georgia High School Association approved Monday a new six-classification plan that will go into effect for the 2012-13 school year.
The plan rolls out six classifications, as opposed to the five currently offered. Reclassification is completed every two years.
Evans, Greenbrier and Lakeside, now members of Class 4-A, will be placed in 5-A. They will be in the same region along with Grovetown, which moves up from 3-A.
Meanwhile, Harlem has been slotted in Class 2-A. At 571 students, Harlem previously was small enough to compete in 2-A, but has played in 3-A to ease the burden of travel.
Greenbrier High School Athletic Director Garrett Black represents the county as a member of the GHSA’s Executive Committee.
Black said that he’s excited to remain in the same region with county rivals Evans and Lakeside and to gain another in Grovetown.
Though Grovetown has consistently played against the other three, those contests will now actually count toward region standings.
“There’s something different when you play a county school,” Black said. “It’s just a lot of fun.”