The VHSL is currently in the process of approving the realignment plan for the 2017-2018/2018-2019 cycle and a couple of locals schools are involved in the appeals that’ll be heard August 4.
Nelson County is requesting to be shifted from the Northern Region to the Central Region in lieu of their appeal to join the Shenandoah District being denied. Nelson will remain in the Dogwood District because of that denial. The Central Region puts them in with Buckingham, Chatham, Dan River and a number of other schools toward the southwest of Nelson rather than the Shenandoah District and Bull Run schools to the north.
The other local school that’s involved in the appeals is William Monroe. The Dragons have been placed in Group 3A’s Northeast Region and that the members of the Northwestern District (Handley, Millbrook, Sherando, Skyline and James Wood) are proposing the creation of a 13-team district that includes William Monroe, Brentsville, Kettle Run, Liberty-Bealeton, Fauquier, Culpeper, Manassas Park and Warren County.
Obviously teams wouldn’t be required to play every team in the district in that 13-team alignment, with the most likely path being that teams would play against schools that are in the same group. Monroe, for example would be required to play the 3A schools in the district, Skyline, Brentsville, Culpeper, Manassas Park and Warren County. It would reduce travel for the Dragons too, keeping them on the near side of I-66, versus now when they have two hour trips to both George Mason and Clarke County.
That would take Monroe out of the Bull Run District, where its been since the VHSL’s major realignment in 2013.