Hays CISD appeals UIL realignment decision for 2 high schools

Lehman lions football team (KXAN File Photo)
Lehman lions football team (KXAN File Photo)

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Hays CISD sent out a letter to parents saying that they want the UIL to reconsider their realignment for Hays and Lehman high schools.

The district wants the schools to be released from District 25-6A which contains mostly schools in the northern and western Austin metro area. The Hays CISD superintendent says routinely traveling to Austin would interfere with instructional time for students and coaches not to mention burden fans and parents who would also have to travel to Austin

The district is hoping to be accepted into District 14-6A which is closer to home. Hays CISD representatives plan to meet with the UIL and make their case on February 18.

Of course, the Lobos’ and Rebels’ new district is one of the toughest in the entire state. District 25-6A features Lake Travis and Westlake. Both teams that played for state titles this past season in class 6A while Vista Ridge made the 5A semifinals by beating fellow district newcomer Vandegrift in the quarterfinals.

Appeals happen every time the UIL does realignment every two years. The last time, in 2014, there were 10 appeals. Five of those were granted. Two of those because both of the schools’ old and new districts unanimously approved it.

Three were denied, no action was taken on one, and one had a partial approval with Ennis’ football team not being allowed to change districts, but basketball and all other activities granted their appeal.

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