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By John Millea
The board received several updates on the troublesome issue of conference alignment. Board president Jeff Whisler said the board has three basic options:
1. Keep the current placement process/ This is how Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Wayzata were placed in the Lake Conference, leading to the plans of nine Lake schools (all but Eden Prairie) to leave the league to form a new league.
2. Wash their hands of everything and let schools fend for themselves/ Not likely..
3. Get legislation passed giving the MSHSL authority to place schools in conferences/ Other states do this, but the board isn't jumping into anything just yet.
MSHSL executive director Dave Stead said he is hoping to meet with Lake Conference administrators in the near future, and see if resolutions can be found other than leaving the five above-mentioned schools in a five-school league.
Today is the deadline for Lake schools to make their intentions to withdraw known, in order for those withdrawals to take effect in 2010-11. The board also noted that the Lake schools did not vote to dissolve the conference. What that means remains to be seen.
The board now is hearing committee reports, which is boilerplate stuff.
Final update/ The meeting has ended.
The packet of paperwork in front of each board member includes one very interesting document: it's the Lake Conference constitution. The seven-page document is here exactly why?
We shall find out...
The members of the board of directors are milling about in the board room, waiting for the meeting to commence. The gavel will drop in a few minutes.
Updates? Comin' up!
John Millea is on Twitter.com/stribjohn
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