The Virginia High School League will move forward with its plan to divide its 315 member schools into six classes after a motion to overturn the legislation failed on Tuesday. The new classes will take effect with the 2013-14 school year.

Last month, the VHSL Executive committee voted 23-3 in favor of the new classification system, which overhauls the current three-tiered system that has been in place for 40 years and eliminates existing districts and regions.

On Tuesday, Group AAA schools — those in the state’s largest classification — voted to overturn the legislation, but when the motion was presented to the VHSL’s full membership, it failed to receive the two-thirds vote necessary to rescind the new classifications. The vote was 189-111 in favor of six classes.

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