Decline

The Kansas High School Activities Association?s recent announcement of new high school classifications has done more than shatter a few scheduling assumptions for school districts and team fans. Longtime 3A schools Hillsboro and Marion experienced the biggest jolt: Hillsboro will remain 3A in football, but is now a 2A school in all other activities; Marion will remain 3A except for football, which will be 2A for the next two seasons.

The bigger issue, of course, is declining enrollment. Goessel experienced a slight increase in students this fall, but other districts in the area declined. Fewer students mean fewer state dollars, which affects all of education, not just athletics. Bringing more young families into our districts is not a new idea. But finding a way to do so seems as elusive as ever. ?DR