Members of the Genoa school board plan to appoint a committee to meet with the district’s coaches and administrators and discuss the formation of a new league for the 2011-12 school year.
Superintendent Dennis Mock said the board has tentatively agreed to join with four other members of the Suburban Lakes League - Otsego, Lake, Woodmore, and Eastwood – and form a league that also includes Rossford.
The Rossford school board last week approved a resolution showing “its serious intent to join a newly-formed league with Otsego, Lake, Genoa, and Eastwood schools at this time,” said Lisa Spotts, a spokesperson for the administration.
Rossford is currently a member of the Northern Lakes League.
Mock said the proposed new league would be formed with the intent of adding two more schools for what would be an eight-team league.
He said he didn’t know of any districts presently that would be likely candidates for joining the new league.
“We’ll have to go out and start asking,” Mock said.
The Lakota district has announced its intent to leave the SLL and join the Midland Athletic League in the 2009-10 school year.
Earlier this year, administrators from Genoa, Otsego, Lake, Woodmore, and Eastwood voted in favor of admitting Rossford to the SLL while those from Gibsonburg and Elmwood voted against. The 5-2 vote didn’t meet the league’s criteria for admitting new members.
According to the 2008-09 directory of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Elmwood is the smallest school in the SLL with a combined boys/girls enrollment of 292. Woodmore’s enrollment stands at 295. Lakota and Gibsonburg each have enrollments of 315 while Lake has 383 students. Genoa has an enrollment of 390 and Otsego has an enrollment of 409. Eastwood is the largest SLL school with an enrollment of 466 but if admitted, Rossford, with an enrollment of 478 students, would be largest school in the new league.
In other business, the Genoa board reviewed preliminary design plans for a new K-5 elementary school building that will be built with a combination of local and state funding through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
The district plans to construct a new elementary building at the high school/middle school campus and to close Brunner and Allen schools.
Voters last year approved a bond issue to help fund the local share of construction costs for the new school. The district is paying about $5.23 million for the project, which will also receive $13.7 million from the OSFC and a $6.2 million credit the district has with the OSFC.