In the fall of 2006, Kaneland left the ashes of the Suburban Prairie Conference and joined seven other schools in the brand-new Western Sun Conference.
Now, in the spring of 2009, the Western Sun Conference looks as if its going supernova.
In late-April, Kaneland met with 11 other schools to draw up plans for a new 12-team conference that would kick off in the fall of 2010. The administration will recommend to the Kaneland School Board at the Tuesday, May 26, meeting to exit the eight-team Western Sun Conference.
Joining the exodus of the WSC with Kaneland would be DeKalb, Rochelle, Sycamore and Yorkville.
The proposed unnamed conference would also potentially include old SPC rival Morris, which is slated to join the North Central Illinois Conference in the fall. The new conference would only have Morris as an NCIC school for one year after leaving the Southwest Prairie Conference.
NCIC schools Dixon, Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Sterling and Streator, which make up the NCIC’s Reagan Division would round out the rest of the conference.
The shift would lead Western Sun rivals Batavia, Geneva and Glenbard South looking for new conference homes.
In the Western Sun Conference, KHS ranks eighth in enrollment with 1,140. Geneva’s 1,978 was first in the group.
The new conference would have Kaneland sixth out of 12. DeKalb’s 1,710 students would be at the top of the list, while Geneseo’s 914 would be at the rear.
The conference would likely use two six-team divisions, with the WSC schools pairing up with Morris for one of the divisions.
- Have your voice heard -
Kaneland Board of Education
Special Public Workshop
Monday, May 18 â€¢ 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kaneland High School Library
District personnel will address Kaneland’s history of conference affiliations;
several reasons why a change in conferences is being considered at this time;
and, various aspects of the option being considered.
Questions and comments from the public can be heard.
The board will not consider the recommendation for conference change until Tuesday, May 26