Expanding Suburban League suspends search for 16th member school

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Record-Courier staff report

When Kent Roosevelt and Aurora enter the Suburban League at the start of the 2015-16 season, they officially will be part of a 15-team league.

The conference announced on Monday that after a long and complex process, the attempt to add a 16th team to even out two separate divisions, had been suspended.

The initial need to seek a 16th member school was created when Cloverleaf announced in February that it would be leaving the Suburban League to join the Portage Trail Conference's Metro Division.

In March and April, the Suburban League reports it requested letters of interest from schools eyeing the vacancy and that four schools submitted applications: Bedford, CVCA, Maple Heights and Northwest. Those four schools were interviewed by league representatives, including superintendents, principals and athletic directors from all 15 member schools, on April 16

To gain acceptance, the league constitution requires a three-fourths majority (12-of-15 schools) to approve any application.

After much discussion, school visitations and multiple votes, the three-fourths thresh hold could not be reached for any applicant.

The Suburban League moves forward with seven teams (Aurora, Barberton, Copley, Highland, Kent Roosevelt, Revere and Tallmadge) in the American Conference. The National Conference (Brecksville, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Nordonia, North Royalton, Stow, Twinsburg and Wadsworth) will continue with eight teams.

The league will continue to seek a 16th school for future inclusion.

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