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2020-21

PRELIMINARY SOLUTIONS

Requests Received:

Ashland - Conference leaving:  Great Northern;   Conference entering: Heart O' North - Effective Fall 2022

De Soto - Conference leaving:  Ridge & Valley;   Conference entering: 8-Player South - Effective Fall 2022

Goodman/Pembine - Conference leaving:  Northwoods (11-player);   Conference entering: MONLP West (8-player) - Effective Fall 2022

Hayward - Conference leaving:  Great Northern;   Conference entering: Heart O' North - Effective Fall 2022

Horicon/Hustisford - Conference leaving:  Capitol;   Conference entering: Eastern Suburban - Effective Fall 2022

Lake Holcombe - Conference leaving:  Lakeland (11-player);   Conference entering: Central Wisconsin - West (8-player) - Effective Fall 2022

Marinette - Conference leaving:  North Eastern;   Conference entering: Bay - Effective Fall 2022

Niagara - Conference leaving:  Northwoods (11-player);   Conference entering: MONLP West (8-player) - Effective Fall 2022

Oshkosh North - Conference leaving:  Fox Valley Association;   Conference entering: Fox River Classic - Effective Fall 2022

Oshkosh West - Conference leaving:  Fox Valley Association;   Conference entering: Fox River Classic - Effective Fall 2022

Pardeeville - Conference leaving:  Eastern Suburban;   Conference entering: Trailways - Effective Fall 2022

River Falls - Conference leaving:  Mississippi Valley;   Conference entering: Big Rivers - Effective Fall 2022

Sun Prairie East - Conference leaving:  Big Eight;   Conference entering: Badger Large - Effective Fall 2022

Sun Prairie West - Conference leaving:  None (New School);   Conference entering: Badger Large - Effective Fall 2022

West Allis Central - Conference leaving:  Greater Metro;   Conference entering: Parkland - Effective Fall 2022

West Allis Hale - Conference leaving:  Greater Metro;   Conference entering: Parkland - Effective Fall 2022

West Salem - Conference leaving:  Mississippi Valley;   Conference entering: Coulee - Effective Fall 2022

Results of the December WIAA Realignment Task Force meeting:

Football-Only
The Conference Realignment Task Force applied the following rationale to submitted plans and in developing modifications to submitted plans:
1. Provide a conference for all member schools
       a. Group by enrollment
       b. Group by geography
2. Work to maintain paired 7-team conferences and 8-team conferences where reasonably able within
    geography and enrollment
        a. 6 team double crossover also works
3. Competition within football groupings as rationale was not compelling at this time
4. Participation numbers and levels offered
5. Potential flexibility within forecasted regional shifts of co-ops and 8-player allow for future considerations

The Task Force has denied, pending possible appeals heard at the January 6, 2021 Task Force Meeting, the following requests:

Ashland
Decision
:   To advance a solution to the January 6, 2021 Conference Realignment Task Force Committee Meeting.   Yes 0  No 17

Hayward
Decision
:   To advance a solution to the January 6, 2021 Conference Realignment Task Force Committee Meeting.   Yes 0  No 17

Marinette
Decision
:   To advance a solution to the January 6, 2021 Conference Realignment Task Force Committee Meeting.   Yes 0  No  17

Oshkosh North/Oshkosh West
Decision
:   To advance a solution to the January 6, 2021 Conference Realignment Task Force Committee Meeting.   Yes 0  No  17

West Allis Hale/West Allis Central
Decision
:   To advance a solution to the January 6, 2021 Conference Realignment Task Force Committee Meeting.   Yes 2  No  15

11-Player Rationale and Votes (click to view)        8-Player Rationale and Votes (click to view)

Modified Solutions (click to view):
Horicon/Hustisford and Pardeeville Plan Modifications
Sun Prairie Plan Modifications
West Salem and River Falls Plan Modifications

The WIAA Realignment Task Force has advanced these modified solutions for further review at the January 6, 2021 Task Force Meeting.
8-player/Modified Solutions from 8-player
11-player Impacted Conferences of De Soto Plan/Modified Solutions from 8-player Movement

TASK FORCE APPEAL HEARINGS

January 6, 2021

Ashland
To approve the appeal and advance the proposal to the WIAA Board of Control, March 5, 2021.
Vote: Yes - 0    No - 17

Hayward
To approve the appeal and advance the proposal to the WIAA Board of Control, March 5, 2021.
Vote: Yes - 0    No - 17

Oshkosh North/Oshkosh West
To approve the appeal and advance the proposal to the WIAA Board of Control, March 5, 2021.
Vote: Yes - 0    No - 17

West Allis Hale/West Allis Central
To approve the appeal and advance the proposal to the WIAA Board of Control, March 5, 2021.
Vote: Yes - 0    No - 17

Marinette
To approve the appeal and advance the proposal to the WIAA Board of Control, March 5, 2021.
Vote: Yes - 0    No - 17
Modified Proposal Motion:  To support the modified proposal presented by Marinette for consideration by the WIAA Conference Realignment Task Force Committee, February 11, 2021.
Vote: Yes - 17    No - 0

February 11, 2021

Marinette
To support a modified solution impacting the overall proposed 11-Player Football Only Conference Realignment Plan.
Vote: Yes - 15    No - 0

 

RECOMMENDATIONS TO BOARD OF CONTROL

  • Lac Courte Oreilles (Non-Football) - Conference leaving:  Independents; Conference entering:  Indianhead, Fall 2021
 

APPROVED PLANS

Non-Football

  • Altoona (Non-Football) - Conference leaving:  Cloverbelt-West; Conference entering:  Middle Border, Effective Fall 2021
  • Altoona (Girls Soccer-only) - Conference leaving:  Mid-Western Soccer; Conference entering:  Middle Border, Effective Fall 2021
  • Bloomer (Non-Football) - Conference leaving:  Heart O' North; Conference entering:  Cloverbelt-West, Fall 2021
  • Dodgeland/Hustisford (Boys' Soccer only) - Conference leaving:  Capitol; Conference entering:  Flyway, Fall 2021
  • Lac Courte Oreilles (Non-Football) - Conference leaving:  Independents; Conference entering:  Indianhead, Fall 2021
  • New Richmond - Non-Football (Fast Track)  - Conference leaving:  Middle Border;   Conference entering: Big Rivers - Effective Fall 2021
  • Sun Prairie West (Non-Football) - Conference leaving:  None (new member school); Conference entering:  Big 8, Fall 2022
  • White Lake - Non-Football (Fast Track)  - Conference leaving:  Northern Lakes;   Conference entering: Central Wisconsin - North - Effective Fall 2021

11-Player Football Only - Effective Fall 2022

8-Player Football Only - Effective Fall 2022

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