Don’t expect a decision from the Iowa Department of Education on the ongoing area small-school conference mystery this week.
Or probably this month.
Legal counsel Carol Greta said it will probably be May before a ruling is made.
“I don’t have a clue, to be honest,” she said Monday. “We told everyone at the hearing (March 28) that it would be 60 days, and with everything that’s going on, it might be close to that full 60 days.”
The decision will impact teams from four conferences — the Big East, Cedar Valley, Tri-Rivers and now the Upper Iowa. It also will affect where now-independent Cedar Valley Christian School makes its home.
Greta will make a recommendation to Department of Education director Jason Glass, who will make the final decision.
The process began when Camanche sought to leave the Big East for the Cedar Valley Conference, but was denied. A mediation team recommended that the Big East be dissolved, with the big schools (Camanche, Northeast and Bellevue) going to a new conference (along with North Cedar of the Cedar Valley, Anamosa from the Wamac and Cascade and Monticello from the Tri-Rivers), and the small schools going to an expanded Tri-Rivers.
Greta overruled the Anamosa-to-the-new league part of the mediation team’s decision, keeping Anamosa in the Wamac.
In the meantime, Edgewood-Colesburg has been admitted into the UIC, and it was disclosed last week that East Buchanan, Maquoketa Valley and North Linn are in discussions with the UIC in forming a 16-team conference.
The Department of Education is not obligated to honor those moves.