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Conference Realignment Archive

2019-20

PRELIMINARY SOLUTIONS

The WIAA Realignment Task Force has proposed the following preliminary solutions:

  • Currently, there are no preliminary solutions.

The WIAA Realignment Task Force has denied, pending possible appeals heard at the January 8 Task Force meeting, the following requests:

Ashland
Decision:  Initial recommendation to not move forward as submitted due to incomplete application.
Vote: No - 15    Yes - 0   Proposal will not move forward as submitted.
Rationale for not moving forward:

  • Request is incomplete.
  • Need official proof of conversation/action with Heart O’ North Conference.
  • Documentation from 6 affected schools that did not provide position statement.

Campbellsport
Decision: 
Initial recommendation to not move forward as submitted due to incomplete application.
Vote: No - 15    Yes - 0   Proposal will not move forward as submitted.
Rationale for not moving forward:

  • Viable realignment options need to be created for the committee to evaluate.
  • There is no solution provided for the East Central Conference to change from an eight to seven school conference.
  • Need formal vote or documentation from East Central Conference.
  • Need updated/current documentation from Wisconsin Flyway Conference.

Delavan-Darien
Decision
:  Initial recommendation to not move forward as submitted due to incomplete application.
Vote: No - 15    Yes - 0   Proposal will not move forward as submitted.
Rationale for not moving forward:

  • Provide any impact of demographics on participation rates, have the demographics had any significant change in the past five years and do you suspect any further changes?
  • Provide more information, provide a conference statement/discussion points or shared information, would like input on stances of principal and superintendent positions.
  • Need notification of other schools affected by the solution, need to contact them and talk prior to submitting the application.
  • Need position statements from all affected schools.

Westfield
Decision:
  Initial recommendation to not move forward due to an incomplete application.
Vote: No - 14    Yes - 0  Abstention 1   Proposal will not move forward as submitted.
Rationale for not moving forward:

  • Need position statements from all affected schools.
  • Need position statements from South Central Conference or the other conferences and stance on conferences that are gaining teams from the proposal (Flyway Conference, Coulee Conference, Central Wisconsin).
  • Need to provide a proposal for the entire South Central Conference.

West De Pere
Decision: 
Initial recommendation is to not move forward due to an incomplete application.
Vote: No - 15    Yes - 0   Proposal will not move forward as submitted.
Rationale for not moving forward:

  • North Eastern Conference schools must be involved in discussions and decision making and documentation provided. 
  • Provide considerations that have been made regarding scheduling for the proposed 11 team Fox River Classic Conference.  
  • Need position statements from the Bay Conference and North Eastern Conference with possible alternatives for impacted conferences.
  • Need position statements from all affected schools.

The Realignment Task Force will convene to hear appeals on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.  Member schools affected can also schedule the opportunity to be heard.  The Task Force will finalize and submit proposals to the Board of Control following this meeting.

 

TASK FORCE APPEAL HEARINGS

January 8, 2020

Ashland
Conference Realignment Proposal:  Recommendation to assign Ashland to the Heart O' North Conference. 
Vote: Yes - 16    No - 0   to approve appeal and advance the plan for further consideration.

Campbellsport
Conference Realignment Proposal: Recommendation to assign Campbellsport to the Wisconsin Flyway Conference. Vote: Yes - 16    No - 0   to approve appeal and advance the plan for further consideration.

Delavan-Darien
Vote: No - 16    Yes - 0   Appeal denied.

Westfield
Vote: No - 16    Yes - 0   Appeal denied.

February 12, 2020

Ashland
Vote: Yes - 8    No - 3   Advanced to Board of Control
Rationale for advancing:

  • If reasonable, all schools would be placed in a conference.
  • Scheduling solutions can mitigate travel and lost instructional time concerns.
  • 21-22 implementation provides a year to plan.
  • History of request and interest in joining Heart O’ North Conference. 
  • Competitive history shows no dominance. 
  • Consistent with current levels of participation needed for levels of sports offerings.
  • Fast Track could allow modification of Heart O’ North Conference in the future.
  • Transportation is greater for Ashland if they are in the Great Northern Conference. 

Rationale for not moving forward:

  • Great Northern Conference may be a better fit based on program offerings and enrollment, but the Task Force did not have the option to make such a major modification at this point in the process.
  • Some current Ashland sports will remain independent or will have to join a different conference because multiple levels of sport teams are not offered in Heart O’ North Conference. 

Campbellsport
Vote: Yes - 11    No - 0   Advanced to Board of Control
Rationale for advancing:

  • Provides relief for a member school without major disruption and will allow fluidity for additional realignment or grouping on a long-term basis if warranted and or/desired.   
  • Matches similar enrollment and participation data.
  • Unanimously accepted by Flyway Conference.
  • 7 team conferences are less of an issue, due to football only realignment starting 2020-21. 
  • One member of Flyway Conference has limited sport offerings. 
 

RECOMMENDATIONS TO BOARD OF CONTROL

The WIAA Realignment Task Force has forwarded the following proposals to the Board of Control March 6, 2020 meeting:

  • Ashland - Conference leaving:  None; Conference entering:  Heart O' North Conference
  • Campbellsport - Conference leaving:  East Central; Conference entering:  Wisconsin Flyway Conference
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit - Conference leaving:  None (Independent); Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed)
  • Eastbrook Academy - Conference leaving:  Indian Trails; Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed)
  • Faith Christian (Williams Bay) - Conference leaving:  Indian Trails; Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed)
  • St. Anthony - Conference leaving:  Indian Trails; Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed)
  • St. Croix Falls - Conference leaving:  Lakeland; Conference entering: Heart O' North
  • Salam - Conference leaving:  None (Independent); Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed)
  • Tenor - Conference leaving:  None (Independent); Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed)
  • University Lake School - Conference leaving:  Indian Trails; Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed)
  • Veritas - Conference leaving:  None (Independent); Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed)
 

APPROVED PLANS

Non-Football - At the March 6, 2020 meeting, the WIAA Board of Control approved the following plans:

  • Ashland - Conference leaving:  None (Independent);   Conference entering:  Heart O' North Conference - Effective Fall 2021
  • Campbellsport - Conference leaving:  East Central;   Conference entering:  Wisconsin Flyway Conference - Effective Fall 2021
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit - Conference leaving:  None (Independent);   Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed) - Effective Fall 2020
  • Eastbrook Academy - Conference leaving:  Indian Trails;   Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed) - Effective Fall 2020
  • Faith Christian (Williams Bay) - Conference leaving:  Indian Trails;   Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed) - Effective Fall 2020
  • St. Anthony - Conference leaving:  Indian Trails;   Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed) - Effective Fall 2020
  • St. Croix Falls - Conference leaving:  Lakeland;   Conference entering: Heart O' North - Effective Fall 2020
  • Salam - Conference leaving:  None (Independent);   Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed) - Effective Fall 2020
  • Tenor - Conference leaving:  None (Independent);   Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed) - Effective Fall 2020
  • University Lake School - Conference leaving:  Indian Trails;   Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed) - Effective Fall 2020
  • Veritas - Conference leaving:  None (Independent);   Conference entering: Lake City Conference (newly formed) - Effective Fall 2020

Football Only - Effective Fall 2020

8-Player Football - Effective Fall 2020