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Suburban League hopes Green stays on board

By Michael Beaven Published: July 16, 2013

Suburban League Commissioner Keith Walker said Tuesday he has been in contact with several people about Green High School, which is deciding whether to stay in the Suburban League or move to the Federal League for athletics.

“I did talk to [Federal League Commissioner] Joe Eaton at length [Monday] night,” Walker said. “I think where everybody is right now is waiting on Green to decide on what they are going to do.”

Walker said he is aware Green Superintendent Jeff Miller and Principal Cindy Brown will meet with Eaton and Federal League officials the week of July 29. Walker said he plans to talk with Green personnel in late July or early August.

Walker also said Tuesday the other current seven Suburban League members: Cloverleaf, Copley, Highland, Nordonia, Revere, Tallmadge and Wadsworth are all staying.

Green seems like a fit in either the Suburban League or the Federal League because of its location in southern Summit County. Green is close to most of its Suburban League rivals, and it is also close to the Federal League schools, which are Canton McKinley, GlenOak, Jackson, Lake, North Canton Hoover and Perry.

Walker would not comment about which schools outside of the Suburban League have expressed an interest in joining the league.

He did say Tuesday “all 12 schools got back to us with some level of interest” recently following an informational meeting last month.

The 12 schools who attended the meeting were Medina, Stow, North Royalton, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Twinsburg, Barberton, Kent Roosevelt, Aurora, Kenston and Ravenna. Solon was not invited to the meeting, but they did email a letter of interest.

Eaton held a Federal League meeting last month too that had attendees from Green, Wadsworth, Aurora, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Barberton and Twinsburg.

Officials from Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Aurora have expressed to the Akron Beacon Journal a strong interest in joining the Suburban League.

It is expected that the revamped Suburban League and Federal League will be on public display starting in the 2015-2016 school year.

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