Change could be coming.
On the surface, little was altered for the area’s Class 6A schools Wednesday morning, when the University Interscholastic League released its conference cutoff numbers for the upcoming bi-annual realignment.
Based on preliminary enrollment data, Killeen, Ellison, Harker Heights and Shoemaker will each remain in Class 6A, along with current District 8-6A members Belton, Copperas Cove, San Angelo Central and Waco Midway.
But that does not mean everything is guaranteed to stay the same.
Bryan, Temple and Waco were each moved up from Class 5A to Class 6A, potentially allowing for any, all or none of the programs to join the Killeen ISD schools in a restructured district.
The UIL will announce its realignment for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years on Feb. 1.
With a cutoff of 2,190 and above for Class 6A, most area schools easily qualified.
Ellison’s enrollment of 2,979 is the largest in Killeen, with Harker Heights (2,787), Killeen (2,646) and Shoemaker (2,576) following. Elsewhere, Belton turned in an enrollment of 3,366 students, while Central, which competes in District 8-6A in most sports other than football, followed with 3,044.
Midway (2,448) and Copperas Cove (2,269) were the closest schools to the threshold.
A total of 252 schools fell within the Class 6A parameters for football and 253 for basketball. Typically, basketball districts mimic the districts for all sports other than football.
The UIL’s revised cutoff numbers define Class 5A as schools with enrollments between 1,150-2,189, while Class 4A is 505-1,149, Class 3A is 225-504, Class 2A is 105-224 and Class 1A is 104.9 and below.
Around the area, smaller schools followed the same path as the Class 6A programs by remaining in place.
In Class 4A, Lampasas (1,008) and Gatesville (859) will stay in Division I for football purposes, while Salado will stay in Division II, and in Class 3A, Florence (317) is not moving from Division II.
While Class 6A schools are split into divisions for football playoffs after district standings are determined, all lower classes are separated prior to the season.
Class 4A Division I schools included enrollments of 790-1,149, while Division II consisted of a range from 505-789. In Class 3A, Division I is between 335-504, and Division II is from 225-334.
UIL CUTOFF NUMBERS
CLASS 6A: 2,190 and above
CLASS 5A, DIVISION I:1,840 to 2,189
CLASS 5A, DIVISION II: 1,150 to 1,839
CLASS 4A, DIVISION I: 790 to 1,149
CLASS 4A, DIVISION II: 505 to 789
CLASS 3A, DIVISION I: 335 to 504
CLASS 3A, DIVISION II: 225 to 334
CLASS 2A, DIVISION I: 161.5 to 224
CLASS 2A, DIVISION II: 105 to 161.4
CLASS 1A, DIVISION I: 55.5 to 104.9
CLASS 1A, DIVISION II: 55 and below