COLUMBIA, MO - State high school officials defeated a proposal to create separate athletic championships for public and private schools.
Belle High in Maries County petitioned to establish separate championships. A spokesman for the Missouri State High School Activities Association says the petition received less than 23 percent of 413 votes.
The petition was a response to a perceived imbalance between smaller high schools in rural areas and private schools. The private schools can offer need-based scholarships and attract students from broader geographic areas.
Spokesman Rich Kindhart says the activities association continues to explore ways to even the playing field. A statewide task force has made several reform proposals.