Ray, however, would prefer to clear up matters before then. The SSAC apparently had no provision for compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act, and has been mulling the situation over the weekend.
"Right now,'' Ray said, "we're in the process of working with our attorney and in the process of working with the State Board of Education, and looking at education laws as well. We want to make sure we're fair to everybody concerned, and taking a hard look at what we have. Additional information has been brought up that we need to look at.
"In the event there are some things that are not covered by our bylaws, we'll have to do what we need to do to be in line with our current law. If that's the case - and we're researching it now - as far as our bylaws, we'll rework those if necessary, but it doesn't happen immediately.''
Ray doesn't want to continue, as was done this week, with fans looking at two different sets of playoff ratings - one including the Elkins forfeits, and one without. He said he feels no deadline pressure to come to a decision before the legal system steps in.
"I hate for things to come up when we're near the end [of the season],'' he said, "but we have to handle what's been handed to us.
"At this time, we're not looking at the legal angles. We're looking at making sure I'm comfortable we are in line with the correct laws that are out there. We haven't been in court yet. I'm more concerned with the other aspects to deal with first. I'm not sitting on things. I want to make a determination, to see if I can get it done.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.