WIAA regional meetings are a forum for local athletic directors and other school officials to let their voices be heard.
Every year, Fox Valley Lutheran hosts this area’s regional meeting at the school, and this year’s get-together will be on Sept. 24.
In the past, topics ranging from conference realignment to various rules interpretations have been presented. WIAA top officials such as Todd Clark, Deb Hauser, Wade Labecki and executive director Dave Anderson are present at every regional meeting, with Anderson leading the discussion.
Sometimes that discussion can get a little heated, especially with conference realignment talks the past few years affecting so many schools in the Post-Crescent Media coverage area.
This year, expect the hot issue of private vs. public school and the 1.65 multiplier to have plenty of time on the forum floor.
That 1.65 multiplier would apply to every private, religious or independent school’s enrollment in order to determine postseason divisional placement. In mid-April, a vote by member schools at the WIAA annual meeting in Stevens Point approved an ad-hoc committee to study the situation over the next year. There is a faction of public schools, mostly rural, who believe that the multiplier is needed to provide more equity come tournament time due to perceived advantages of similar-sized private schools in metro areas of the state.
While no final decision will be made at the regional meeting at FVL, expect other ideas on the subject to be presented.
— Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or email@example.com; on Twitter@PCRicardo