Report: Lufkin Should’ve Competed in Class 6A the Last Two Years, Not 5A
This past February, the University Interscholastic League's biennial realignment and reclassification designated Lufkin High School a member of Class 6A, the state's highest classification, for the 2016-18 school years.
As it turns out, Lufkin should've been at the 6A level the last two school years when the Panthers were classified as 5A, according to an investigation conducted by KTRE-TV.
According to a Texas Education Agency report, Lufkin's enrollment for 2013-15 was 2,136, above the UIL's 2,099 cutoff for 6A.
Lufkin ISD confirmed the KTRE investigation's findings in a press release Friday afternoon.
“We realize there is a difference between the 2013 snapshot calculation and the UIL number submitted," said Sheila Adams, the executive director of communications for the district. "When administration contacted UIL, a representative from UIL said that they had received an anonymous letter a couple of weeks ago with no return address alleging that five or six schools entered wrong enrollment numbers. The UIL representative advised a letter would be mailed to the district next week.”
Lufkin's boys soccer team captured the 2015 Class 5A state soccer championship with a 3-1 win over Georgetown East View, and it is unclear at this time how this revelation will affect its status.