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STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Board of Control voted to grant final approval to a conference realignment plan in the southeast area of the state and approved a number of other action items at its April meeting today. 

The ratified conference realignment plan involves 45 schools, including five current conferences in the Milwaukee metro area and the Badger Conference to be implemented in 2017-18. The plan mandates crossover games for football only between a pair of conferences identified in the plan (click here for complete realignment arrangement). Membership rules required a 40-day window for schools involved in the realignment plan to appeal the first consideration the Board of Control granted on Jan. 27.

The Board approved cooperative programs for 2016-17 and 2017-18 winter sports with the exception of boys hockey, which will be voted on at the May 20 meeting. The Board also supported staff recommendations for appointments to the Officials Advisory Committee, as well as extending internship opportunities in the executive office this summer to Hannah Skibba and Ethan Fenske.

An interpretation of the WIAA membership’s provisions was issued by the Board. Beginning in 2016-17, associate charter school members in good standing, making a transition to full membership status, will not be subject to a one-year probationary period before being provided tournament eligibility or opportunities to co-op.

The Executive Staff presented reports on Wednesday’s Annual Meeting agenda, 2016 Scholar Athlete ceremony plans, the NFHS Legal Summit and review of the winter Tournament Series. The Board also received liaison updates from John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Tim Collins of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association.

The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 511 senior high schools and 43 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It will sponsor 24 championship tournament series in 2015-16. For more information, visit the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org or contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.

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