Green High School remains undecided on its athletic future after meetings with the Suburban League and the Federal League on Thursday.
Principal Cindy Brown and Athletic Director Bruce Johnson said they met with both leagues and expect a decision sometime in August.
“We had real good meetings today,” Johnson said. “We met with the Suburban League this morning and the Federal League right after that. We have a real clear idea with what is going on with both leagues. We have to meet with our people and sit down with our board and talk things over.
“We are on the verge of a decision. We want to have a decision for the board meeting on August 26. We are hoping to let everybody know prior to that.”
Johnson said both leagues were prepared and conducted informative meetings.
“There are two things that are important that we want people to be aware of,” Johnson said. “One is this isn’t the old Suburban League. It’s a new, expanding Suburban League that is being talked about. We are discussing this and also a Federal League where we know what it looks like. Two is we are not playing any games and trying to play one league off the other. This is about having a new superintendent [Jeff Miller] and getting him up to speed on what is going on. He was in on both of the meetings and heard everything firsthand.”
Brown said Miller started as superintendent June 18, and he commented on how family vacations in July for several administrators at schools naturally slowed down the process of meetings and discussion.
“We received more clarity from the two proposals we are looking at,” Brown said. “The current Suburban League no longer will exist. What we are really looking at is the Federal League, where we know what it looks like, and a proposed new Suburban League. We are looking at what is the best fit for Green. We are doing our due diligence to see what each league brings to us and what is best for our kids.”
Brown reiterated what Johnson said about not playing the leagues off each other, and also reflected on how the Green community has grown in population and thus has had an increase in high school enrollment.
“This is a decision that we are making for future Green students, some of which haven’t been born yet,” Brown said.
Brown said whatever Green decides would not take effect until probably the 2015-16 school year.
“They want a few more weeks before they make a decision,” Federal League Commissioner Joe Eaton said. “It is a big decision for them. They need to run some things by their community and meet with their board.”
The Federal League currently consists of Canton McKinley, GlenOak, Jackson, Lake, North Canton Hoover and Perry.
The Suburban League has commitments from its other seven members — Cloverleaf, Copley, Highland, Nordonia, Revere, Tallmadge and Wadsworth.
“Green hasn’t decided anything yet,” Suburban League Commissioner Keith Walker said. “They will have a decision by their board meeting August 26 and I asked them to notify us prior to that. ... I don’t know what is going to happen at this point.”
Walker said 13 schools have varying levels of interest in joining the Suburban League. The 13 schools are Medina, Hudson, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, North Royalton, Solon, Twinsburg, Barberton, Kent Roosevelt, Aurora, Kenston and Ravenna.
“We are on hold with inviting schools,” Walker said. “I have emailed all the schools to let them know that we are still interested in them.”
A revamped Suburban League looks like it could feature 16 schools, with two conferences/divisions of eight schools. Enrollment figures would divide the schools into big and small groupings.
“There is a lot of excitement about having expansion,” Walker said in regards to the two-tier concept.
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