SVC imposes deadline for Dwight's decision

GILMAN – The fate of the Sangamon Valley Conference is riding on a decision to be made by Dwight.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School and the five other schools in the conference are waiting to see whether Dwight will accept its invitation to the SVC.

The conference gave Dwight a Nov. 27 deadline to make a decision.

Dwight will hold a Board of Education meeting next Wednesday.

“They may have an answer then, but maybe not,” PBL athletic director John Overstreet said.

The SVC will hold its next meeting Nov. 28.

PBL High School, as well as Iroquois West and Watseka, have deadlines of their own to think about. If Dwight rejects its invitation to the SVC, PBL has until Dec. 14 to express interest in joining the Okaw Valley Conference.

Iroquois West and Watseka have a similar deadline of Dec. 1 for the Vermilion Valley Conference.

Meanwhile, five schools from the River Valley Conference (Cullom Tri-Point, Donovan, Gardner-South Wilmington, Grant Park and St. Anne) were invited to a meeting last Wednesday with the SVC in Gilman.

The meeting, according to Donovan Principal Jason Bauer, was merely an informational one.

“We were given information about what the SVC’s plans are,” Bauer said. “We are just in the initial stages. It’s premature to talk about it. We’re in the exploratory stage. Everything’s very preliminary at this point, but we are willing to talk with the Sangamon Valley Conference to see what they have to offer.”

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