ALTO, Texas (KLTV) – The UIL State Executive Committee has unanimously voted to hold Alto High School ineligible for playoffs in football for the next two years.
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.
Along with the ruling, the district 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 district will be working on its policies to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
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