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R-B board to discuss move to new athletic conference

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 12:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 12:16 a.m. CDT
(Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Richmond-Burton volleyball players celebrate a point during a regional quarterfinal match against Harvard this season. R-B is considering leaving the Big Northern Conference.

The Richmond-Burton school board will consider a proposal on whether to join a new athletic conference when it meets Wednesday night.

The school is a member of the Big Northern Conference but appears to be considering joining a new league that could include Woodstock and Woodstock North. The two schools proposed the idea of leaving the Fox Valley Conference starting in 2015 last week.

Attached to an online version of the District 157 agenda for Wednesday night’s meeting was a report projecting enrollment at R-B over the next nine years. According to projections, officials expect the high school’s enrollment to drop from 785 in 2014 to 501 by 2022.

R-B athletic director and football Pat Elder said last week that the school was “not interested” in joining a new conference and planned to remain in the BNC. A district athletic advisory committee met Nov. 12 to discuss R-B’s options – the same night the District 200 school board heard a report from Woodstock Principal Corey Tafoya about Woodstock and Woodstock North leaving the FVC.

Woodstock and Woodstock North would be leaving the FVC to join schools that have more comparable enrollment numbers as the two schools. Tafoya cited Johnsburg’s departure from the FVC after this year as a reason for the two schools to consider a move to a new conference starting in 2015. Tafoya said he had started contacting other schools that could be a possible fit for a new conference.

Elder declined to say whether R-B had been contacted, directing questions to principal Tom Lind. Lind did not respond to interview requests last week.

The R-B school board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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