While the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) works towards sustainability and the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) eyes possible expansion, another north Iowa athletic conference looks to stand pat, at least for now.
Superintendents and athletic directors representing the 18 school districts that make up the “Top of Iowa Conference” (TIC) met Wednesday to discuss the future of the conference. A press release reads that, “During the meeting, the group assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the current conference configuration as well as potential opportunities that may exist in making alterations.”
While no major changes to the conference membership were made, the league did agree to review the current bylaws, procedures manual, and Activities Director manual. Meetings will likely take place over the summer months to finish this work.
Darwin Lehmann, shared superintendent at Forest City Schools and Central Springs Schools, said in a statement, “This meeting was a great opportunity to get everyone in the same room to talk through the issues and get on the same page with respect to our future as a conference. I think it’s safe to say we are all committed to working together to continue to strengthen our conference.”
The meeting was facilitated by Sam Miller, chief administrator with Central Rivers Area Education Agency. The TIC includes Belmond-Klemme, Bishop-Garrigan, Central Springs, Eagle Grove, Forest City, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, Lake Mills, Nashua-Plainfield, Newman Catholic, North Butler, North Union, Northwood-Kensett, Osage, Rockford Senior, St. Ansgar, West Fork, and West Hancock.