Efforts by the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) to expand its number of member schools thus far has generated no takers.
In February, the UIC extended invitations to 10 schools to join their league, including current Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) members Cresco-Crestwood, New Hampton and Waukon. A letter from UIC President Nick Trenkamp, on behalf of the league’s current superintendents, also invited Oelwein, Osage, Riceville, Tripoli, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Starmont and Edgewood-Colesburg to join.
Trenkamp says that, as of Friday, the UIC had not received a response back outside of Starmont and Ed-Co saying they would not be joining. He adds that the other districts are still having conversations with their communities before making any decision.
Schools would need to submit a formal request to join the UIC by June 1 for any league expansion starting with the 2023-24 school year.
Meanwhile, the NEIC is working on their own possible conference realignment and possible expansion. On Monday, the NEIC executive board voted 5-to-1 to have Waverly-Shell Rock leave the league, a move that remaining NEIC members, which also includes Charles City and Decorah, is necessary for the conference to attract new member schools. The matter still requires discussion among each district’s school board and a second vote by the executive board.