BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association member schools voted to uphold the definition of a select school. A simple majority approved the agenda item at a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
LHSAA playoffs were subject to a temporary injunction in a lawsuit filed in 19th Judicial District Court. Nine schools in northeast Louisiana argued the select definition, which defines how schools enroll student-athletes, was inappropriately adopted and would disproportionately affect their playoff competitions. Online court records for the suit have not yet been updated since the meeting.
The special meeting took place at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge at 1 p.m. to address a long-standing debate on the term “select” schools.
Member school principals and approved administrators were in attendance to vote to approve the current Executive Committee-approved definition of “Select.” The playoff structure in the sports of baseball, basketball, football and softball approved under Article 4.4.4 was not on the agenda and was not voted on.
The select definition is described as the following:
Select shall mean private or public schools that have a state or parish approved designation as a lab school, magnet school(s) with one or more magnet component(s), approved charter schools, parish wide approved open enrollment, state recovery district (RSD) application-based parish schools, tuition-based schools and/or any established academic and/or retention-days based criterion schools.LHSAA
According to LHSAA, with the approval of the current “Select” designation will remain in place that was approved by the Executive Committee in June 2022, including any member to be designated a lab school, magnet school, school with magnet components, charter school, parish that allow open enrollment at all its public schools and tuition-based schools.
“I wouldn’t say I’m pleased would be the word, it’s just I think we worked hard to get to this point,” said Eddie Bonine, LHSAA executive director, in an interview with Crescent City Sports. “To garner the vote that we did by almost 60-70%, not only did we get the simple majority to pass what we needed today, but we also got the two-thirds to do that as well. So, the membership came in force, the membership spoke, and we will continue to move forward with what we have in place.”