UIL Announces Cut Off Numbers…Lufkin, Nacogdoches Could Be District Foes
A few weeks ago, school districts across the state were required to send in their projected high school enrollment numbers for the next couple of years to the University Interscholastic League of Texas. These numbers were used to come up with the cut off numbers for conferences 6A down to 1A.
Yes, 6A...that's the new 5A, and it looks like the Lufkin Panthers will not be moving to that higher classification which paints some interesting scenarios which we'll get to in just a few minutes.
First, here are the released conference cutoff numbers for 2014-2016:
Conference Cutoff Numbers
2014 - 2015 & 2015 - 2016
6A 2100 and above
5A 1060 – 2099
4A 465 –1059
3A 220 – 464
2A 105 – 219
1A 104.9 and below
1A – 4A Football Division I and Division II Numbers
1A Division I 55 – 104.9
1A Division II 54 and below
2A Division I 158 – 219
2A Division II 105 – 157
3A Division I 315 – 464
3A Division II 220 – 314
4A Division I 686 – 1059
4A Division II 465 – 685
Lufkin's reported enrollment for the previous two years was just a tad over 2100, but that number has dropped. Longview was near 2170, but they also reported fewer students for the upcoming years.
Now, keep in mind, these are only the conference cut off numbers, the announcement of the district realignments won't come until February from the UIL. However, there is some speculation that Lufkin, Longview, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville, John Tyler, Marshall, Hallsville, and/or Whitehouse could in shape or form be competing in the same district. Once again, that's just speculation. We won't know anything for certain until February.
We don't have the numbers that were submitted for the upcoming 2 years, but you can click here to see the enrollment numbers from area schools from the previous two years.