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WIAA Annual Meeting: Multiplier & Realignment

A large crowd attends the 2014 WIAA Annual Meeting A large crowd attends the 2014 WIAA Annual Meeting
WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson
WIAA Board of Control President Dean Sanders WIAA Board of Control President Dean Sanders
Eau Claire Regis Athletic Director Terry Allen Eau Claire Regis Athletic Director Terry Allen

Stevens Point (WQOW) -- The WIAA membership votes on two key issues at its Annual Meeting, involving a multiplier for enrollments of non-public schools, as well as conference realignment.

By a margin of 352-77, the membership votes to refer the multiplier amendment to committee, meaning that a proposed 1.65 multiplier to determine enrollments for non-public schools in tournament placement will not be enacted for the 2014-15 school year.  Instead, an ad hoc committee will be formed to discuss the issue further and make recommendations for the 2015 annual meeting.  The committee will include representation from all divisions and parts of the state.

Around twelve individuals representing schools from around the state spoke at the meeting to voice their opinion on the multiplier.

"Let's not bury our heads in the sand," says Barneveld principal Kevin Knudson, "this issue has been on the table or in discussion for a long, long time." 

"14 years ago I thought our solution to the classification was too simple," says Independence athletic director Barry Schmitt, "I think the same way about this multiplier it's too simple for a complex problem."

"The purpose for me having our super sign that document was for this...for discussion on the issue," says Black River Falls athletic director James Rufsholm, "knowing it was probably not the best solution, but that we could move forward, and have a better solution, and more competitive state tournaments." 

After about an hour of discussion, it was time to make a decision, and a vote was taken, passing 352-77 to refer the multiplier issue to committee.

WIAA Board of Control President Dean Sanders says, "As written that was given to me It says "I move to refer the motion to committee. An ad hoc committee will be created and shall be charged with gathering data and presenting a final recommendation to the executive staff or the board of control." 

" I think even if the multiplier amendment had been defeated that would not have been a good outcome," says Eau Claire Regis athletic director Terry Allen, "I think this is a better outcome. I think this is a discussion the membership needs to have." 

"There were comments," Sanders says, "you all were there about would this die in committee? But I think this isn't a topic we can let die in committee. It's got to come back to the floor"

The committee is charged with making some sort of recommendation by September 1, 2014. Those recommendations would be discussed and it would go back for a vote at the 2015 WIAA Annual Meeting.

The other big item for discussion was to return control on conference realignment to schools and conferences rather than the WIAA.  That motion was voted down 400-26.

More than 80% of the WIAA's member schools attended the 2014 Annual Meeting in Stevens Point.


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