NEIC Executive Board to Meet Friday for Second Vote on Waverly-Shell Rock Resolution

The Executive Board of the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) superintendents are expected to meet Friday to conduct a second vote on a resolution to remove Waverly-Shell Rock (WSR) from the league.

New Hampton Superintendent Jay Jurrens introduced the measure at the previous Executive Board meeting on April 4th, noting that WSR has grown to become much larger than several other schools in the conference, in fact, almost three times the size of New Hampton, which has created competitive imbalance. 

Charles City Superintendent Mike Fisher told his school board that WSR’s size is also a hindrance to expansion of the NEIC, which is vital to the league’s survival because the current number of member schools of six creates scheduling challenges. He says he’s talked with a handful of schools that might be interested in joining the NEIC, but only if the Go-Hawks were out of the conference.

The resolution passed its first vote by the Executive Board with the required majority-plus-one vote of 5-to-1, with WSR casting the only dissenting vote. The measure then had to go back to the league’s respective schools boards to vote on how their superintendents should vote the second time. Earlier this week, New Hampton and Waukon school boards voted to approve the resolution, following suit with the school boards votes of Charles City, Cresco-Crestwood and Decorah last week.

Jurrens says the next Executive Board meeting Friday will be in New Hampton since it’s the most centrally located school in the conference. He says if the measure passes again, the NEIC could be ready to extend invitations for other schools to join as early as next week.

If voted out, Waverly-Shell Rock would exit the NEIC at the end of next school year on June 30, 2023.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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