By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — St. Croix Central and Durand would like to change places in the Dunn-St. Croix and Middle Border conferences.
Kevin Sipple, district administrator, reported on St. Croix Central and Durand’s desire to switch athletic conferences at the Boyceville Board of Education’s December 8 meeting.
The Dunn-St. Croix Conference has not had any changes in 13 years, Sipple said.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has indicated that it has no problem with SCC and Durand switching conferences, he said.
The change from St. Croix Central to Durand will mean that Boyceville will travel 11 more miles to games at Durand compared to games at St. Croix Central, he said.
According to a letter dated December 1 from Greg Doverspike, district administrator for the Durand school district, Durand’s enrollment is decreasing “and will be falling to a point that enrollment puts us in a position to better fit into the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. This reason, along with travel, makes Durand an excellent fit into the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.”
Doverspike’s letter went on to say, “As a district, we have started the process of seeking permission from the Middle Border Conference to leave the conference, allowing us to pursue joining the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. In the next two weeks, it is our hope the Middle Border Conference will formally vote allowing us to leave the conference contingent on St. Croix Central replacing Durand in the Middle Border Conference.
“Our Board of Education also voted at our November 19th meeting to give permission for the administration to pursue the change of athletic conferences. I am fully expecting the Board of Education to formally approve the possible change of athletic conferences either at the December or January Board of Education meeting.”
According to information in the Boyceville Board of Education packet, Durand has a high school enrollment of 328, and St. Croix Central has an enrollment of 387.
In the Middle Border Conference, Durand’s enrollment of 328 compares to Prescott with 366; Baldwin-Woodville with 475; Somerset with 483; Amery with 491; Ellsworth with 491; Osecola with 537; and New Richmond with 854.
In the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, St. Croix Central’s enrollment of 387 compares to Alma with 73; Pepin with 74; Plum City with 101; Elmwood with 116; Spring Valley with 199; Glenwood City with 200; Boyceville with 228; Colfax with 245; Mondovi with 279; and Elk Mound with 314.
Boyceville high school actually has an enrollment of 252 this year, Sipple noted.
Additional information in the Board of Education packet indicates that the total one-way mileage for Durand to travel to other schools is 396 miles in the Middle Border Conference, which would compare to a total of 232 miles in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.
The total one-way mileage for St. Croix Central to travel to other schools in the conference is 278 miles in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, which would compare to a total of 156 miles in the Middle Border Conference.
Durand switching to the Dunn-St. Croix Conference and St. Croix Central switching to the Middle Border Conference could occur as early as next year, Sipple said.