Suburban League to
remain at 15 teams
After a long and complex process, the 15-team Suburban League has decided to remain at that number for the 2015-16 school year.
The necessity of looking for another team was brought about in February when Cloverleaf informed the league that it would be leaving to join the Portage Trail Conference (effective 2015-16).
Prior to Cloverleaf's departure, the newly expanded Suburban League considered beginning the 2015-16 school year with 16 teams, divided into two conferences by enrollment.
In March and April, the league requested a letter of interest from any school desiring to fill the vacancy in the American (small school) Conference. Bedford, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Maple Heights and Canal Fulton Northwest submitted applications of consideration for league membership.
On April 16, those four schools interviewed with league representatives, including superintendents, principals and athletic directors from all 15 schools.
To gain acceptance, the league constitution requires a 3/4 majority (12 of 15 schools) to approve any application. After much discussion, school visitations, and multiple votes, the 3/4 majority could not be reached.
The league will move forward with seven teams (Aurora, Barberton, Copley, Highland, Kent Roosevelt, Revere and Tallmadge) in the American Conference.
The National Conference will continue with eight teams (Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Nordonia, North Royalton, Stow, Twinsburg and Wadsworth). All 15 schools will continue to work cooperatively to add a 16th school in the future.