Our opinion: No reason not to move

The sports program at Eisenhower Middle/High School has been talking about switching from District 10, which stretches as far west as the Ohio state line and as far south as Mercer, to District 9, which reaches as far east as Potter County and as far south as Jefferson County.

Someone who doesn’t follow scholastic sports might question: “Why?”

Located at the northeastern corner of District 10, Eisenhower’s attendance area borders the western edge of District 9, but it is not simply geography that is driving Eisenhower’s desire to switch.

Someone who follows scholastic sports closely could do some quick research and discover that the majority of schools in District 9 that are included in Eisenhower’s Class A enrollment division are closer to Eisenhower’s actual enrollment than the majority of the Class A schools in District 10.

Someone who doesn’t follow scholastic sports closely might repeat their orginal question.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, the governing body of high school sports in the state, designates four classes of high schools based on enrollment. It is done in an effort to level the playing field, using the theory that schools with large enrollments have a much broader athletic pool to choose from and therefore, with a few individual exceptions, are able to field stronger teams than those with smaller enrollments.

Each class has an upper and lower limit, except for Class A and Class AAAA.

Eisenhower is at the lower middle of the enrollment spectrum for male athletes in Class A at 130, according to the PIAA. Iroquois High School in Erie, fairly typical of Class A schools in District 10, has 145, about 12 percent more. Cambridge Springs, which plays Class A in baseball and football, has 149 male athletes, about 15 percent more.

The simple answer to the initial question could be, so Eisenhower could win more games. And, that could very well be true. But it is no guarantee.

A quick comparison of routes that would be required for away games seems to indicate that the costs of transportation would be a wash.

So, with that statistical information at hand, we see no reason why Eisenhower’s request shouldn’t be granted by the Warren County School Board.