By Betsy Dolan
Fort Bend ISD officials are waiting to see what the bottom line will reveal when the University Interscholastic League unveils its next realignment on February 2. The UIL is expected to move three Fort Bend ISD high schools, Willowridge, Ridge Point, and Marshall from the Class 5A level down to Class 4.
Fort Bend ISD Athletic Director, Keith Kilgore said they have not heard anything official yet about where the three high schools will play. Lamar Consolidated, Galveston, and Spring Branch have been mentioned as possible options. Kilgore says LCISD would make the most sense from a cost stand point.
“Every dollar we spend is scrutinized as it should be. We’re not going to be traveling three or four miles down the road any more. Now we’ll be going outside of the district and that will cost more.”
The UIL realigns every two years to keep schools with similar enrollments competing against each other. When Fort Bend ISD grew to include 11 high schools, athletic officials knew that the UIL would not allow the schools to stay together in one district. Willowridge, Ridge Point, and Marshall had distinctly smaller enrollments and that was the separation point, Kilgore said.
“I think the smaller schools are excited”, Kilgore said. “This is an opportunity for them to compete against schools that are their same size. They’ll be able to go out and hold their own and be competitive.”