The Federal League will be evolving soon.
The six current Stark County members from the Federal League are Canton McKinley, Glen- Oak, Jackson, Lake, North Canton Hoover and Perry.
Lake Principal Kevin Tobin, who also serves as the chair of the Federal League strategic planning committee, said Wednesday all six schools will remain and that new additions will be on the way out of a group of 10 targeted schools.
Green Athletic Director Bruce Johnson confirmed Tuesday that his school, a Suburban League member, will be receiving a letter about possibly joining the Federal League.
“We are going to receive one of those letters,” Johnson said. “We are open to listening about the possibility of a two-tier system.”
Johnson said Green would consider a move to the Federal League if they could be matched up with North Canton Hoover, Lake and Jackson in a tier that might involve a total of five or six schools.
“We would entertain and be open to any proposal that would include schools near us and similar to us in size,” Johnson said. “We have had some contact that we will be receiving a letter. I have informed the Suburban League. Whether this will happen, I really don’t know. It would have to be two tiers of five or two tiers of six for us to consider.”
Tobin said meetings and discussions are still fluid.
“We have met over the last couple of months in the strategic planning committee,” Tobin said. “Boardman has applied to join the All-American Conference. … When it came to us just after the first of the year that Boardman might be leaving, we knew we have to be prepared to move forward if they leave.
“We are really looking to expand northward and looking for a two-tier system. There has been talk behind closed doors. We think we have identified 10 schools that may have an interest and I have formed a letter that should go out next week. Green is one of them.”
Tobin was not comfortable revealing the other schools that will get a letter.
“We will have a meeting in the first week of June with the schools who RSVP in May,” Tobin said. “We are at more than the preliminary stage because we have done some background and homework to identify people.”
The June meeting will be hosted by Canton City Schools at Fawcett Stadium. Tobin said the hope is to land five or six new schools, depending on whether or not Boardman leaves.
“We are going into Summit County,” Tobin said. “All six districts have unanimous support from the superintendents.”
The Federal League currently has seven members. Boardman recently applied to join the All-American Conference in all sports and should hear about its future in May. Former Federal League member Austintown Fitch recently joined the AAC, and is a member of the AAC in all sports except football.
The Suburban League currently has eight members: Copley, Cloverleaf, Green, Highland, Nordonia, Revere, Tallmadge and Wadsworth.
“We like the Suburban League,” Johnson said. “The Suburban League is a little spread out though and there is some disparity in terms of size. It is a great league and all the schools are really great schools.”
Johnson said that if Green were to move, it would be a few years from now because of contracts with the Suburban League and the member schools.
“We have been talking to our coaches and administration, and we will certainly listen to what the public thinks,” Johnson said.
Green has rivalries in some sports in the Suburban League with Tallmadge, Nordonia and Copley, but none of those schools are as close in proximity as neighboring communities such as North Canton, Uniontown (Lake) and Jackson.
The Green Board of Education has the final say on whether to change leagues.
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