Colfax one of four schools placed on CIF "Watch List"

CIF can revisit realignment status in two years
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Faced with unknown questions and answers with its current realignment proposal, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section is allowing itself some wiggle room in the placement of schools in correct leagues.

With one more scheduled realignment meeting set for March 12 and another in April "if necessary,"  the CIF placed four schools - Colfax, Sonora, Grace Davis of Modesto and El Capitan of Merced - on a "watch list" for the next two years. This would allow the section to revisit each school's status after two years into the new realignment instead of the usual four.

"We were placed on that list because of our chance to have declining enrollment," said Colfax principal Rick Spears who is also is the president of the CIF's State Executive Committee. "If we slip down below 600, they will review our placement. It's fairly standard."

Colfax, for many years with 900 to 1,000 students, is currently at 780. Projections show that within two years, the school could be at 550 students.

Sonora was placed on the list if the Wildcats start dominating play in its new league, the Mother Lode. Sonora has been a longtime member of the Valley Oak League but with its enrollment now under 1,000 students, asked to be placed in the MLL.

El Capitan is a new school that begins this Fall in Merced. It was placed on the list because of the chance of growth in the area giving the school more students than originally thought.

Grace Davis, meanwhile, is in the same boat as Colfax. It was placed in a league that could force a change if its enrollment numbers drop.