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STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Scott Winch, district administrator in the Stratford School District, presided over the first meeting of the 2017-18 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control today.

The Board conducted its 2017-18 officer elections. Eric Coleman, student services supervisor of Milwaukee Public Schools, will serve as the president-elect. Steve Knecht, principal at Kenosha Tremper High School, was elected to the role of treasurer. In addition, Dennis Birr, district administrator in the New Lisbon School District, and Dave Steavpack, director of athletics at Manitowoc Lincoln High School, were introduced as new members of the Board.

Among the actions taken by the Board included a 9-2 vote to not revisit the decision from its June 22 meeting to implement a 35-second shot clock in basketball beginning with the 2019-20 season. 

In other action, the Board gave its approval to the new appointments to the 2017-18 Coaches Advisory Committees, editorial modifications to the 2017-18 Media Policies Guide and updates to the Administrative Staff Handbook. In addition, approval was granted for the annual renewal of the Association’s membership in the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Among the topics shared in the executive staff reports to the Board were the New Athletic Directors Workshop and the State Summer Baseball Tournament. Other topics discussed were the agenda for the 2017 Area Meetings in September and a review of the NFHS Summer Meetings. The Board also received a liaison reports from John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Peggy Seegers-Braun of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. 

The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 513 senior high schools and 41 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It will sponsor 27 championship tournament series in 2017-18. 

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