I thank all the people who came last night to the community meeting to see and hear the straight facts about all the various options. I believe all questions were answered. The plans being floated out are solid and we hope that one of these can be put in place for fall of 2104 or 2015.
We need to continue to work with WIAA and the other schools across the whole region, as if there is no solution, PdC does not have a home. In a complete blow-up scenario, the SWAL does not want us so we need to go north. The MVC is the only conference that has shown a desire to take us under the blow-up scenario.
Two other options that were brought up last night by community members are probably not doable, but will be explored if needed. One, a suggestion was that PdC ask to join the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Two, to go independent status. These are good ideas and we encourage all suggestions. However, neither of these ideas have been researched, and at first blush neither idea is practical. My guess is that crossing the river for activities would create a whole host of issues that probably cannot even be imagined of at this time. In addition, going independent status would most likely entail traveling all over the midwest to play games.
Click here to view the powerpoint slides from the meeting last evening. Options 1,2,5 are the options being sent forth to the conferences for discussion and voting.
Below is the content of an e-mail from Deb Hauser at WIAA on the subject confirming what was discussed at the community meeting:
Good Morning ...
Attached please find an excel spreadsheet which depicts 3 different
realignment ideas for the Mississippi Valley, Coulee and SWC conferences.
I am actively working to find a solution for the 6-team SWC. In a meeting
held at West Salem on Wednesday, these plans were discussed. I promised to
provide them ... so here they are. Please discuss with your administrative
I've asked each conference to discuss at their next conference meeting and
report back with what the choice of the conference might be.
Thanks ... if you have questions let me know. I will be looking for a time
frame at the upcoming WADA convention where we might be able to get together
to discuss this further.
|OPTION 1||OPTION 2|
|Mississippi Valley (8)||Enrollment||Mississippi Valley (6)||Enrollment|
|La Crosse Central||1173||La Crosse Central||1173|
|La Crosse Logan||922||La Crosse Logan||922|
|Northern XXX (6)||Black River Falls||539|
|Black River Falls||539||Gale-Ettrick-Tremp||416|
|Southern XXX (6)||River Valley||460|
|River Valley||460||Richland Center||420|
|Richland Center||420||Prairie du Chien||368|
|Prairie du Chien||368||Westby||327|
|Blended Conference (12)||Enrollment||SWC (8)||Enrollment|
|La Crosse Central||1173||Platteville||463|
|La Crosse Logan||922||Richland Center||420|
|Sparta||770||Prairie du Chien||368|
|Black River Falls||539||Lancaster||283|
|Luther||267||** 2011-12 Enrollments|