The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders will appeal the University Interscholastic League’s decision to place the girls-only school in a Class 6A district for the next two school years.
Meg Brown, the school’s director of athletics, said Friday that Ann Richards hopes to be released from District 25-6A, which includes such athletic powerhouses as Lake Travis, Westlake and Bowie. Those three high schools submitted enrollments to the UIL that ranged from 2,706 to 3,085 students. In contrast, Ann Richards has 414 students across grades nine to 12, Brown said. For UIL realignment purposes, Ann Richards’ enrollment figure is doubled to 828 because the school does not include boys.
UIL rules call for magnet schools such as Ann Richards to be placed in the same classification as the school with the highest enrollment in their school district.
Brown said her school would prefer to be part of District 25-5A, which includes LBJ (1,989 students), Reagan (1,262) and McCallum (1,764). Ann Richards has until Feb. 11 to file an appeal with the UIL.
On Friday, officials at the other nine schools in the newly created 25-6A voted unanimously to release Ann Richards from the district. As for the new 25-5A schools, their representatives voted 7-1 in favor of admitting Ann Richards to the district. Lockhart voted against the proposal.
The moves came one day after the UIL released its 2018-20 reclassification and realignment for public high schools in the state.
Under UIL rules, a school seeking to change districts must have unanimous approval from the schools in both of the affected districts.
“I’m disappointed for our kids,” said Brown, who coaches Ann Richards’ volleyball team. “We’ve been able to be competitive these past couple years in every sport.
“We’re a better fit (in 5A).”
Ann Richards fields teams in volleyball, cross-country, track and field, swimming, soccer and golf.
Sheila Henderson, the director of athletics for Lockhart, declined to say why her school voted against Ann Richards moving into 25-5A for the next two school years.
In 2014, Ann Richards initially was placed in District 14-6A as a result of realignment, and the school requested to move into 26-5A. Representatives for Bastrop and Cedar Creek — a pair of Class 5A schools — initially voted against Ann Richards’ request before withdrawing their objections.