On Thursday, the TSSAA Board of Control will vote on an issue that has become a hot button topic – a public/private split.
While all five Carter County schools are public, each of the board’s five options would have an impact on regular season and potential postseason opponents. Many believe that it will be a straight split – however, some also feel one of the other solutions could come into play.
With information provided by the TSSAA, the Tennessean printed a list of how districts and regions might be divided depending on how the vote goes.
With a total split, Cloudland, Hampton and Unaka would be joined in Class A District 1 by University High, Sullivan North and North Greene. South Greene, who is current in District 1, moves to District 2 where they are joined by Clinch, Hancock Co., Cosby, Washburn, Northview Academy. Grace Christian, who has been a common substate opponent for Hampton would no longer be the public division.
In Class AA basketball, Elizabethton and Happy Valley will see their district filled with familiar names of Johnson County, Sullivan East, Sullivan Central and Sullivan South. The split could also see Unicoi County in District 1 despite being bracketed in District 2 along with Chuckey-Doak, Greeneville, West Greene, Grainger and Carter. CAK and Knox Catholic would no longer be in the public division.
In the total split, Region 1 in football would be comprised of Cloudland, Hancock County, Jellico, Northview Academy, Tennessee School for the Deaf and Unaka, while Hampton, Happy Valley, Cosby, North Greene, South Greene and Sullivan North would play in Class 2A.
In the advancement option, Class A in the public division would see Cloudland, Unaka, Hampton, Sullivan North and North Greene compete in District 1, while Class AA District 1 would feature Happy Valley, Johnson County, Sullivan East, Sullivan Central and Unicoi County. Longtime Class A foe University High would be moved to the open division.
In the open division, Elizabethton would be in Class AA. The district would include Tennessee High, Science Hill, Greeneville, Austin-East and Dobyns-Bennett. District 2 in Class AA would feature Maryville, Alcoa, Knox Catholic, CAK, Knox Webb, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City and Onieda.
In the Urban/Rural split, all Carter County teams would be in the Rural classes with Hampton, Cloudland and Unaka in Class A and Elizabethton and Happy Valley would be in Class AA.
In addition to the three options above, the board could vote to keep the system the same or to have a postseason split.
The discussion is set to start at 2 p.m. eastern time.