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December 12, 2013

Report: Taylor, Eastern to leave Mid-Indiana Conf.

Neither school board has approved move to Hoosier Heartland Conf.

For the first time in over a decade, the Mid-Indiana Conference appears to be receiving a facelift.

Taylor High School athletic director Karen Franklin announced early Wednesday afternoon in a press release that Taylor and Eastern Community Schools were leaving the MIC following the conclusion of the 2014-15 school year to join a new-look Hoosier Heartland Conference.

Eastern officials were unaware such announcement was going to be made. No official decision has been made by the school corporation. Although discussions on the matter have been had, a formal decision won’t be made until after Christmas break, Superintendent Tracy Caddell said.

“Eastern is seriously exploring the option and will take a proposal to the school board in January, and the board at that time will vote on whether to leave the conference or not,” Caddell explained. “[Athletic director] Brad [Wilson] will take that proposal in January, but it will be up to the board at that time to decide if we are indeed leaving the conference or not.”

Later Wednesday, Franklin released a revised press release, excluding Eastern from the announcement. Taylor’s school board is yet to approve the move, either, however. Although seemingly more of a foregone conclusion than Eastern, a decision on Taylor’s conference affiliation won’t like come until January, as well.

“The school board is aware and supportive of this proposal,” Taylor school board president Dennis Marler said, “so, I don’t anticipate there to be an issue there when it comes to a vote.”

The Hoosier Heartland Conference, which currently consists of Carroll, Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Rossville, Sheridan and Tri-Central, would add Eastern, Taylor, Frontier and Tri-County to form a 10-team conference. The conference would begin competition in its new form at the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Frontier and Tri-County are members of the Midwest Conference, but several of its members are leaving to join a new conference, the Hoosier North Athletic Conference, in the fall of 2015, leaving the two schools in need of a new home.

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