A day after principals representing schools that will form the Kishwaukee River Conference announced they had contacted three schools to become charter members, the group has received its first rejection letter.
Genoa-Kingston officials released a statement today, stating they had received an invitation to join the KRC, but that they plan to remain in the Big Northern Conference. G-K was one of the three schools contacted, along with Richmond-Burton and Johnsburg.
"After careful considerations dating back to this past fall, Genoa-Kingston High School will stay in the Big Northern Conference," G-K principal Brett McPherson wrote in a statement issued by the school. "Our top priorities are the G-K students and the G-K community, and we feel the BNC is the best fit for them. We respect the decision of the three schools leaving the BNC and look forward to a continued positive relationship with those schools."
As it stands, Woodstock, Woodstock North, Harvard, Burlington Central and Marengo remain the five schools committed to joining the KRC starting in the fall of 2015. Conferences typically require a two-year notice that a school is leaving.
The Woodstock schools will be the smallest in the FVC next year when Johnsburg leaves to re-join the BNC. They felt they were at a competitive disadvantage and searched for other options.
Burlington, Harvard and Marengo, citing consistent issues with long travel for competition, liked the idea of joining Woodstock and Woodstock North, even if the KRC starts as a five-team league. That would leave those schools with a glut of nonconference dates to fill, but they felt that was better than all the travel.
The KRC members hopes for one, or all three of the invitees to become founding members of the KRC by Aug. 1, 2014. The letter in the email was signed by the principals of the five schools.