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By Mount Vernon News
May 18, 2013 9:19 am EDT


COLUMBUS — For the third time, a vote to achieve competitive balance in high school sports failed to get by the Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools.


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Principals voted down a proposal that would re-evaluate how enrollment at private schools is counted. The measure received 308 votes, but had 327 against it.

It was closer (51.5 percent-to-48.5 percent) than the two previous years, but it once again failed to garner enough votes to pass.

Now, OHSAA commissioner Dan Ross believes the next step might be to reintroduce a proposal to hold separate tournaments for public and private schools.

“That issue is still on the table,” Ross said in a conference call on Thursday afternoon. “Where that goes, I can’t speak to that. But that’s still an option that is out there.”

Dave Rice, superintendent of Triway Local School District in Wooster, was instrumental in the formulation of the most recent competitive balance measure that was voted down. He was also a driving force in a push for separation of public and private tournaments.

It’s a push that is going to resume, he said.




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