One month into the 2019-2020 school year the numbers game along with the every two years guessing game has already started.
Every two years the UIL has their redistricting and reclassification year and 2019 is that year. On the last Monday of October, known as Snap Shot day, every school district submits their current enrollment numbers that will determine what UIL classification that district will be a part of for the next two years.
For the last two years Denver City has been competing as a 3A school in all UIL activities. The previous two years they were with 4A schools, but when the UIL determined the cut off numbers Denver City was just below the 504 cutoff number when they turned in 487 high school students.
According to Superintendent Gary Davis the unofficial high school enrollment is currently 501, three students below the magical cutoff number.
“As long as we stay below that 504 cutoff number we should be okay and will be a 3A school for the next two years,” Davis said.
But on the other hand there is no guarantee those cutoff numbers will remain the same. At the last realignment the top 3A number jumped from the low 480’s to the current 504. What the UIL shoots for is to have an even distribution of all Texas schools from the lowest 1A to the biggest 6A.
The total enrollment for all campuses is 1674 students from Early Childhood to Grade 12. The grade with the highest enrollment is the 9th grade with 146 students. Close behind is the 6th grade with 145. The 5th grade has 136 students, Grade 11 along with the 1st grade has 133, and the 7th grade with 131.
Breaking that down even further district wide there are 137 white males, 119 white females, 696 Hispanic males, 682 Hispanic females, 5 black males, 5 black females, 17 “other” males, and 13 “other” females.
As of September 13, which was the end of the 4th week, the total enrollment was down 21 students from this same time one year ago but up 5 students from the 3rd week.
Even though this affects all UIL activities the biggest drawing card and the one receiving the most attention is football. For two years the Mustangs have been placed in a four team district meaning everyone in the district will take part in the post season play.
Mustang head coach Daniel Fontenot said he would really be surprised if we stayed in a four-team district another two years.
“I don’t have anything to base that on, just a gut feeling,” Fontenot said. “Honestly, I would prefer a five to six team district if for other reason it makes scheduling non-district games much easier. We were very fortunate to have found enough teams to fill our non-district schedule.”
Volleyball is in a five team district while basketball and all the spring sports are in a eight team district.
Allen has the largest enrollment in the state with 6664 students. Plano West is a thousand students behind with 5654 students followed by Plano East with 5342. Plano has a current enrollment of 5197.
The smallest district in the state is Valentine with nine students. Marathon has 16 students, Welch has 19 and Dell City had 21.
The cutoff numbers are usually announced in December and the district alignments are announced the first Monday in February. Like it or not, it’s that time of the year.