Green Superintendent Jeff Miller said Tuesday that Green High School is leaving the Suburban League in two school years to compete athletically in the Federal League.
“I am announcing my recommendation to the board that Green join the Federal League in 15-16,” Miller said. “The board meeting is this coming Monday.”
Miller said he gave the situation considerable thought and talked with others at Green.
“I conferred with [Green Principal] Cindy Brown, [Green Athletic Director] Bruce Johnson, numerous community stake holders and got input from our coaches,” Miller said. “Certainly Bruce, Cindy, [Assistant Principal] Erich Muzi and [Assistant Prinicpal] Bill Bridenthal were involved heavily in gathering the information and bringing me up to speed to on this.”
Miller said he elected to go public about this today and that the vote will go to the board this coming Monday. Green has a five-person board.
Green will continue to compete in the Suburban League in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
“I have the utmost respect for the Suburban League, Commissioner Keith Walker and all the member schools,” Miller said. “There was an athletic meeting earlier today where they were notified in person.
“I have also crafted letters that have gone out to the Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors at the schools.”
Miller said he “looked at it from a lot of different angles, with one of the prime ones being this is the best possible experience for our student-athletes.”
He also said proximity, natural rivalries with neighboring communities in the Federal League and getting students home earlier to focus on their studies after athletic events were important aspects.
Green, a school in southern Summit County, will join a Federal League that features six nearby Stark County schools: Canton McKinley, GlenOak, Jackson, Lake, North Canton Hoover and Perry. Joe Eaton is the Federal League Commissioner.
Green is a charter member of the Suburban League, which was started in 1949. The Suburban League currently has eight members: Summit County schools Green, Copley, Nordonia, Revere and Tallmadge and Medina County schools Cloverleaf, Highland, and Wadsworth.
“We are looking to continue our rivalries with Suburban League schools,” Miller said. “They would be non-league games, but absolutely we would like to continue to play against Suburban League schools.