WIAA adopts two classification amendments, names new executive director

Free and reduced lunch rates used to adjust enrollment numbers
Feb 01, 2019
Photo by: WIAA Mark Hoffman

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Representative Assembly voted to approve two amendments regarding the Association’s classification system beginning with the 2020-21 school year.

One amendment will use free and reduced lunch data as reported to the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction to determine the adjusted enrollment for 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools. A school with a free and reduced lunch rate greater than the statewide average will have its enrollment reduced for each percent that it exceeds the statewide average. The maximum a school’s enrollment can be adjusted will be capped at 40 percent and schools will be allowed to move down only one classification.

The other amendment will change the even distribution of schools into classifications and institute enrollment parameters for each of the six classifications. The amendment will have no bearing on a school’s choice to opt-up in classification.

To see the both of the amendments in their entirety click here.

In addition, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board has selected Mick Hoffman as the next Executive Director of the Association.

Hoffman, who currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent for Vancouver Public Schools, will replace current Executive Director Mike Colbrese, officially beginning in the summer of 2019.

“The WIAA Executive Board is very impressed with Mick’s longtime dedication to education and education-based activities,” said Board President Pat McCarthy. “The future of the WIAA is bright with Mick’s skill and leadership.”

Before taking over as an Assistant Superintendent, Hoffman served as the District Athletic Director for Vancouver Public Schools from 2007-15. As the Athletic Director at VPS, Hoffman developed a summer Coaches’ Institute, a continuing education opportunity where coaches throughout the district and southwest Washington had the opportunity to learn from medical and industry professionals.

Hoffman also represented WIAA District IV on the WIAA Executive Board from 2016-18 where he was a member of the Classification Committee and chaired the WIAA Recruiting Committee.

Serving at virtually every level of the WIAA, Hoffman got his start as a language arts and social studies teacher at Fort Vancouver High School and Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington. He has head coaching experience with boys’ basketball as well as boys and girls golf.

Hoffman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education before earning a Master’s of Education all from the University of Portland.

“It’s an honor to be considered to lead such an amazing organization that serves our state,” Hoffman said . “I’ll look to continue the great work that Mike has led with the staff and board for the last 25 years.”

Hoffman will be the fifth Executive Director in WIAA history, replacing Colbrese who is in his 26th year with the Association.




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