A five class system for Maine high school basketball moved a step closer to reality today when the MPA Classification Committee approved a plan that will now go to the public for feedback.

The committee made some adjustments to the proposal as follows...

Class 1A   Schools with enrollment of 825+

Class 2A   545 to 824

Class 3A   325 to 544

Class 4A   121 to 324

Class 5A   0 to 120

The committee also approved a reduction in Heal points differential from one class to another - from current 5 points down to 2 points.(This is for basketball only.)

The current system has 4 classes (A, B, C, D).

The road ahead for the plan looks like this...

-The MPA takes public feedback for the 5 Class plan

- The Classification Committee meets again on February 24th to make a final recommendation

- The full MPA would vote on the plan at its spring meeting set for March 26th and 27th

The current Class B would essentially move to 3A. Teams in the proposed 3A (East or North) would be

Presque Isle, Belfast, MDI, Hermon, Old Town, Winslow, Ellsworth, Mount View, Caribou, John Bapst, Washington Academy, Central High School, Foxcroft Academy, Mattanawcook Academy, Orono and Houlton.