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The Suburbanite
  • Green needs time to educate community on league options

  • If timing is everything, then more time could seem to indicate a lot for Green High School. Administrators from Green met with Federal League commissioner Joe Eaton on Thursday morning and then with Suburban League commissioner Keith Walker after that.

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  • If timing is everything, then more time could seem to indicate a lot for Green High School. Administrators from Green met with Federal League commissioner Joe Eaton on Thursday morning and then with Suburban League commissioner Keith Walker after that.
    What league will Green join?
    The school needs more time to make a presentation to its board of education and talk with community leaders. It could seem to be an indication that Green is going to join the Federal League.
    “Not necessarily,” Green High School Principal Cindy Brown said. “We’re looking at a different Suburban League as well.”
    Green is a 64-year charter member of the Suburban League. However, the Federal League is trying to get Green to join its six-team, Stark County-centric league.
    “They need a couple more weeks to see what direction the Suburban League is going, and they have to educate their community,” Eaton said. “There’s a lot of leg work and they can’t make a decision until meeting with the Suburban League and knowing what all the options are.
    “In the Federal League, we know what we have. We have at least six schools. We know what the cards are that we are playing with. We need to sit back and see what Green is going to do.”
    Meanwhile, the Suburban League is looking at expanding into a two-division league that is split by enrollment sizes.
    “I don’t want to say anything out of school, but the Suburban League and member schools are frustrated,” Walker said. “I think the Federal League is frustrated because of the lack of timeliness. I do, however, understand this is a huge decision for them. I know Cindy Brown is greatly appreciating our patience, but people in the Suburban League are not sure why we have to wait until Aug. 26 to find out what we have to do.”
    Stow administrators also attended the meeting with the Federal League, but have no interest in joining the league.
    “Originally, I think Green was hoping to have a partner,” Eaton said. “They have accepted the fact if they come to the Federal League, they’re coming to a seven-team league.”
    Brown said a presentation will be made to the board of education in the next week. The next scheduled board meeting is Aug. 26.
    “We’re hoping to have something before that,” Brown said.
    She did want to clarify rumors on the Internet.
    “People assume we’re playing a game here,” Brown said. “We’re not trying to manipulate two leagues against each other. We’re trying to do our due diligence and make the best possible decision for the students of Green High School.
    “These decisions come once every couple careers. We’ve been a 64-year member of the Suburban League, and it’s been a great league to be a part of. We also want to make sure we give a strong look to the Federal League at the same time. The amount of time devoted to this is, simply, what this type of decision deserves. This is what should be done.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Walker understands there’s no “malice here or playing on league against another.”
    “I’ve never been a superintendent and maybe I don’t have all the facts,” he said. “I’m just disappointed this is taking so long. ... We started this thing (expansion talks) and we don’t want to alienate any of the schools that are thinking about coming in. I’m at the starting blocks and ready to go and I can’t because the starter hasn’t shown up.”
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