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NMAA votes to keep Santa Fe in 4A

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Athletics: Demons win an appeal to prevent them from moving back to 5A

By Mike Cote

District 2-4A will remain intact for the next two-year block of time, the New Mexico Activities Association determined Wednesday.
Santa Fe High School will keep its status as a Class 4A team and will remain in the district along with Los Alamos, Bernalillo, Española Valley and cross-town rival Capital, the NMAA determined at its Board of Directors meeting.
The NMAA is the governing body of most interscholastic prep sports in the state and determines the districts in which its member schools compete.
When enrollment figures came out during the summer, it was determined by the NMAA that Santa Fe had surpassed the threshold of Class 4A enrollment, currently 1,650 students. Beyond 1,650 students, teams move up to Class 5A.
Santa Fe’s athletic department appealed the move back to 5A at the NMAA’s board meeting this summer, but its appeal was denied.
The crux of Santa Fe’s appeal had to do with an outreach program administered by Santa Fe Public Schools which includes dozens of non-traditional high school students, including pregnant women. Santa Fe officials made the case to the NMAA that those students weren’t specific to Santa Fe High.
A move by Santa Fe out of 2-4A would’ve proven problematic for the rest of the district in terms of scheduling, Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms said.


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