Madison County isn’t leaving the region, but the current region foes are leaving Madison County and jumping into bigger classifications.
The Georgia High School Association has increased the number of classifications in public school athletics from five to six, beginning in 2012.
That means no more Flowery Branch, no more Rockdale County schools, or foes from Athens for the Red Raiders.
Instead, the Red Raiders will welcome new faces to Region 8-AAAA.
Madison County will be grouped with Chestatee, Johnson-Gainesville, Lumpkin County, Stephens County, Eastside, Lanier, Monroe Area and Walnut Grove.
Madison County athletic director Randell Owens and high school principal Dr. Chad Stone recently met with representatives of the new Region 8-AAAA schools to discuss arrangements for the next couple of seasons. No official actions were taken. The Georgia High School Association is still hearing appeals from schools that are seeking lateral transfers from one region to another. Likewise, a threatened secession of some south Georgia schools from the GHSA could shake up the new classification system, rending the new region alignments moot.