Bishop Miege, other JoCo private schools would move up a class in sports with new ‘multiplier’ rule

Bishop Miege would move up from 4A to 5A under 'multiplier' rule change.

A pending Kansas State High School Activities Association classification multiplier could mean Johnson County private schools like Bishop Miege face more challenging competitors. Above, Bishop Miege football. Photo credit Eva Dominguez

A proposed rule change to how Kansas high schools are classified for sports competitions could have a big impact on some Johnson County private schools that have had a lot of recent on-field success, including one of the state’s winningest athletic programs, Bishop Miege.

Driving the news: The Kansas State Board of Education earlier this month voted 6-4 to send the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s proposed class “multiplier” rule to the state legislature, which will have the final say on whether to enact it.

What it does: Currently, schools are classified into one of six state classes based on student enrollment, but the new proposed rule would allow for classification to be based on attendance as well as “other means.”