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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WIAA Board of Control elects officers, approves realignment plans

STEVENS POINT – Pam Foegen, the pupil services director at Eau Claire Regis Catholic Schools, presided over the first meeting of the 2016-17 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control held some weeks ago.

She becomes the second woman to serve in the president’s role. Donna Thomas of Waterloo was the first to preside over the Board in 2002-03.

Bernie Nikolay, superintendent at Cambridge was introduced as a new Board member, filling the position in District 6. In addition, the Board also conducted its 2016-17 officer elections. Scott Winch, the superintendent in the Stratford School District, will serve as the president-elect. Ted Knutson, president at Aquinas, was elected to the role of treasurer.

One of the realignment plans finalized moves Peshtigo from the M & O Conference to the Packerland Conference for all sports beginning in the fall of 2017. 

The second approved realignment plan creates three football-only conferences in the northeast portion of the state involving the Packerland, M & O and Northern Lakes Conferences, including two 11-player divisions and an 8-player division, to be implemented in the fall of 2017. The action establishes an eight-team football league comprised of Algoma, Coleman, Kewaunee, Niagara/Goodman/Pembine, Oconto, Peshtigo, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay.  It also forms a nine-team division, including Crandon, Crivitz, Elcho/White Lake, Florence, Gillett, Wabeno/Laona, Suring, Three Lakes/Phelps and Wausaukee. The seven-team, 8-player conference includes Bowler/Gresham, Gibraltar, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran, Lena/Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas, Menominee Indian, Oneida Nation and Sevastopol. 

The third realignment plan receiving final support of the Board moves Wausau Northland Lutheran and Pittsville from the Marawood Conference to the Central Wisconsin Conference for all sports beginning in the fall of 2017. The plan also places Wisconsin Valley Lutheran in the Central Wisconsin Conference.

In other Board action, it approved the June and July financial statements, the new appointments to the 2016-17 Coaches Advisory Committees, editorial modifications to the 2016-17 Media Policies Guide and updates to the Administrative Staff Handbook. In addition, approval was granted for the annual renewal of the Association’s membership in the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The Board reviewed and discussed a draft of a membership survey presented by School Perceptions to gather data from the membership on competitive equity and sport season placement. The survey will be sent to member schools in mid-September. The Board also received a liaison report from Tim Collins of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. 

Among the topics shared in the executive staff reports to the Board were the New Athletic Directors Workshop and the State Summer Baseball Tournament.

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