Central may be on the move again.
The Virginia High School League announced a mid-cycle adjustments list on Monday, which states that Central's average daily membership numbers have gone down and they can move from Class 3 to Class 2 if they would like to and it's approved by the VHSL. Average daily membership numbers are the average daily attendance from the first day of school to March 31.
Central has until July 15 to send in an appeals request to the VHSL. On Sept. 2, the appeal committee will hear all appeals and make a recommendation for the final alignment plan to the VHSL Executive Committee for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The VHSL Executive Committee will determine the final plan on Sept. 23.
Typically, schools have realigned every two years, but two years ago the VHSL voted to go with four-year cycles with adjustments being made after two years if needed. The new numbers for Class 2 have schools being no larger than an average daily membership of 769. Central's 2020 average daily membership is 728. Two years ago, Central's was 770 – forcing them to move from Class 2 to Class 3.
Central has consistently been switching back and forth between classifications for several years. They have switched between classes and districts.
Central was in the Bull Run District in 1996, then moved to the Shenandoah District for four years, followed by two years in the Valley District, two more years in the Shenandoah District, followed by four years in the Northwestern District. They then spent two more years in the Shenandoah District before moving back to the Bull Run District in 2011. They stayed there until moving back to the Northwestern District in 2019.
If Central chooses to drop down to Class 2 again, they could move back to the Bull Run District. If that happens, it would mean all three Shenandoah County schools would be in the same district and classification again for the first time in several years.
All of the area schools will be staying in the same classification and districts until at least the 2023-24 season.
Sherando (Class 4) still has the highest average daily membership number (1,452) followed by Skyline (Class 3, 871), Warren County (Class 3, 806), Strasburg (Class 2, 596) and Stonewall Jackson (Class 2, 498).