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Several schools opting out of KLAA to start their own league
June 2, 2016

WALLED LAKE, MI - Nine high schools from four Oakland County school districts have submitted a joint letter to the Kensington Lakes Activities Association informing them that they will be leaving the KLAA to form their own league beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The schools include Huron Valley’s Milford and Lakeland, South Lyon and South Lyon East, Waterford Kettering and Mott, and Walled Lake Central, Northern and Western.

Rationale for the departure included concerns about significant enrollment discrepancies between the 24 schools in the KLAA that have developed over several years, which impacted competitive equity across multiple sports. Additionally, schools were interested in improving geographical proximity to assist in reducing transportation costs and minimizing student travel time that could impact their academic responsibilities.

Huron Valley Superintendent, Jim Baker shared, "We have very much appreciated our involvement within the KLAA, but we are excited about this new league and the possibilities that are there for our students and our communities. With confidence, our collective Boards of Education, Superintendents and building administrators from the participating districts feel our students would benefit from the new arrangement."

Per KLAA bylaws, schools are required to submit notice of intent to leave one year in advance. With this announcement, school officials can now begin preparations for the establishment of the new league, which will include the involvement of student leadership groups at all schools to help name the league, create logos and plan future league wide events such as charity fundraisers and community service opportunities.

Acting league formation coordinator Brian Swinehart stated, “We are looking forward to the new opportunities a smaller league will provide us. These include improved communication, collaboration and efficient decision making on topics ranging from conferences, coaching education training, contest scheduling and tournament logistics to expanded middle school opportunities and student leadership programming.”

The new league will begin for all sports in the 2017-18 school year.