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IHSA Doesn't Foresee "Multiplier" Change
A top administrator with the Illinois High School Association doesn't foresee a change in the "multiplier" that bumps private schools into higher competition levels.

Currently, the IHSA determines the classification of schools without attendance boundaries by multiplying student enrollment by 1.65, a procedure adopted five years ago. The IHSA is preparing a summary of the results of the implementation of the multiplier, but Kurt Gibson, IHSA associate executive director, does not anticipate a change.

"Maybe it needs a small modification, but personally, I don't think we're going to see that it needs to be skewed significantly," he said.

University of Chicago High School, a private school, has proposed abolishing the multiplier, contending that private schools are winning more state champions under the multiplier than before it was enacted. The school's athletic director proposes promoting top finishers in one class to a higher class the following season.

(Illinois Radio Network)
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