TOPEKA — While there were few changes for area schools when the Kansas State High School Activities Association released its classifications for the 2013-14 school year, those changes were significant.
The KSHSAA also released new classifications for football for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Hesston, which has spent the past several years as one of the smallest Class 4A schools, moved down to Class 3A.
Hesston has an enrollment for grades 9 through 12 of 247. The new smallest Class 4A school is Scott City at 251.
Had the Swathers remained in Class 4A, it would have been in the new Class 4A, Division II in basketball, volleyball and softball.
Remington, with an enrollment of 154, moves down to Class 2A. The Broncos are the largest Class 2A school, missing Class 3A by two students.
Newton, at 1,020, remains at Class 5A. The Railers are in the middle of the division, which ranges from 1,336 to 737.
Area schools remaining in Class 3A are Halstead (238) and Sedgwick (138). Remaining in Class 2A are Berean Academy (150), Moundridge (134) and Peabody-Burns (106). Remaining in Class 1A are Burrton (72) and Goessel (83).
In football, several area schools changed classifications. Enrollments in grades nine through 11 are used to classify football teams.
Hesston moved down to Class 3A. Sedgwick and Remington both moved down to Class 2A. Goessel moved up to Eight-Man Division I.
Newton remains in Class 5A for football. Halstead remains in Class 3A for football. Peabody-Burns remains in Eight-Man Division I. Burrton remains in Eight-Man Division II.
Football districts for the next two seasons are expected to be released in the coming weeks.