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Harvard board will now vote on conference move

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 3:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 4:04 p.m. CDT

At April's school board meeting, Harvard principal Rob Zielinski said the board didn't need to vote for his school to leave the Big Northern Conference.

On Wednesday, the board will vote on specifically that.

It's likely a formality since the school was scheduled to inform the BNC that it is leaving, along with four other schools, on May 8.

But the vote will now take place as the move appeared on a Harvard District 50 school board agenda for the first time this week. The agenda item states "SUPERINTENDENT RECOMMENDATION: I move to forgo the reading of and approve the resolution to conference membership from the Big Northern Conference to the Kishwaukee River Conference starting July of 2016."

Zielinski and Harvard athletic director Matt Rife informed the board that Harvard would be joining Marengo, Woodstock, Woodstock North and Burlington Central in the Kishwaukee River Conference at its last meeting on April 16. The four other school voted on the matter at April board meetings.

"We’ve had a lot of discussions [about the conference] with our board for a couple of years," Zielinski said after that meeting after stating that District 50's lawyer said that the board did not have to vote on the matter. "Every time we tell them, they say, ‘OK, that makes sense.’ ”

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