Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Redistricting could shake schools up

Minden High will appeal the LHSAA’s proposal

A recent redistricting proposal by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association would change up the look of athletics for some of the parish's schools.

Under the proposal, Minden, Lakeside and North Webster would all be changing classifications or districts.

North Webster would be moving up to 3A from 2A, and Lakeside would be moving back to District 1-2A after moving to 2-2A before last season.

But the biggest change would be Minden High moving from District 1-4A to the northeast Louisiana-heavy District 2-4A.

If the proposals go through, the Crimson Tide would move to a district that includes Bastrop, Neville, West Ouachita, Franklin Parish and Wossman. The Tide's former District 1-4A would include Benton, Fair Park, Huntington, Loyola, North DeSoto, Northwood and Woodlawn.

Minden High principal Robin Tucker is not happy with the proposed move.

"To sum it up, I'm going to fight as hard as I can to keep us in the northwest district," Tucker said to the media. "I just don't see how (the proposal) makes any sense. With I-20 the way it is now, Minden's essentially a suburb of Shreveport-Bossier."

The proposed District 2-4A comprises Bastrop, Franklin Parish (Winnsboro), Neville, West Ouachita, Wossman and Minden. The Crimson Tide would be the only school added to the district.

The proposed District 1-4A, a northwest La.-based district, would be composed of Benton, Fair Park, Huntington, Loyola, North DeSoto, Northwood and Woodlawn.

Tucker feels the change would be too much of a financial burden for Minden High.

"It would be a huge economic hardship for my school," she said. "You have to think about the entire athletic program. In the spring, for instance, there's a scenario where softball could be playing in Bastrop, baseball could be playing in Franklin Parish and there could be a track meet in Neville. We're charged $1 per mile plus the cost for a driver. It's a hardship I don't know we can overcome."






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