MURFREESBORO — A complete splitof the state's public and private high schools did not take place at Wednesday's meeting of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Legislative Council, but the concept is not far from the forefront.
By a 7-2 vote, the council opted to form a committee to gather information on the long-term effects of such a "fundamental change." That committee will consist of Legislative Council members, Board of Control members and officials from the state's private schools.
"I'm not saying we're for or against the proposal," TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said, referring to the request by officials from Trousdale County and Lewis County to separate the two groups of schools for the 2015-16 school year.
"Every school needs to have an opportunity to know the ramifications because they're huge. It's a fundamental change in our organization. You can't put an organization together for 89 years and be successful for 89 years and look at rewriting the bylaws and dismantling everything that has been successful in one meeting.
"All those people they say they've heard from haven't looked at all 21 state championships we sanction in Division I and Division II. They haven't looked at the governance of this organization, what the structure would look like, the representation on the Board and the Council. That's what we have to look at to keep this organization sound. We didn't want a knee-jerk reaction to the proposal or a decision to be made without all those things being discussed."