UIL rules Alto High School football ineligible for playoffs for 2 years
ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - The UIL State Executive Committee has unanimously voted to hold Alto High School ineligible for playoffs in football for the next two years.
Alto Independent School District Superintendent Kelly West posted the following message on the district’s Facebook page on Tuesday night, taking responsibility for the error and saying she is heartbroken for the students, especially for the juniors and seniors.
The move comes after alleged violations of conference based on enrollment. The UIL said the district turned in enrollment numbers that were not accurate and affected Alto in realignment which moved them into conference 2A-II instead of conference 2A-I.
According to UIL and the district, three students showed up to school on October 19-20, 2021, but were not officially counted as enrolled until November 1 of that year.
An attorney who investigated the mistake on behalf of the school said the mistake was due to a processing error and said she could not find any evidence than the fact that it may have been caused by a lack of communication.
“There’s no way that you guys can compete in the division you are in, it’s not going to happen. It can’t happen that’s an unfair advantage and you don’t even want that,” said Mike Motheral, Chair of the UIL State Executive Committee speaking to Alto ISD superintendent Kelly West.
“I’m not asking for mercy, I’m asking for accountability. I know the mistakes that have happened will have consequences,” West said.
According to West, there were communications issues at the high school which may have led to the error.
“What we had at the high school was a very toxic environment where your counselor and your high school principal did not communicate. It was not a good working relationship there,” West said.
Along with the ruling, the division will be placed on probation for three years and will also receive a public reprimand. They will also have to submit a report on how the division will be working on its policies to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
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