Beatrice School Board Hears Potential New Conference Affiliation

BEATRICE – Some southeast Nebraska Schools, including Beatrice, are looking at the possibility of forming a new conference affiliation, for athletics, fine arts and academic competition and collaborative opportunities.

Beatrice has been invited to join Nebraska City, Platteview, Ralston and Wahoo for the 2020-2021 school year.  Beatrice Superintendent Jason Alexander says it involves class-B schools, or growing districts that are soon to become class-B.

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The concept received a favorable reaction from most Beatrice School Board members during a committee meeting, Thursday night.

Alexander says there are advantages……similar demographics, geographic location, similar enrollment and delivery of programs.

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Beatrice Public Schools Activities Director Neal Randel says four schools are planning to move forward on the idea, and the hope would be to have eight schools in the new conference.  Randel says he favors moving at a deliberate pace, because of the amount of work it takes in a conference alignment.

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There’s also the matter of some schools not having programs such as swimming, tennis and soccer….and the possible lack of a conference tournament in some sports.

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Randel says the most appealing factors of a new conference are a reduction in travel, ability to compete against public schools only and against schools that are similar to Beatrice.

Alexander says other possibilities for joining the conference are Ashland-Greenwood and Plattsmouth.  Still other schools that are possibilities for joining later would be Seward, Blair, York, Crete and D.C. West.

Alexander says the first four schools are seeking solid commitments by the end of May….in order to begin the conference in the 2020-2021 school year.  They are seeking commitments from Beatrice, Plattsmouth and Ashland to affiliate by 2021-2022.

Beatrice School Board member Eric Trusty says the new conference makes a lot of sense, from the standpoint of middle school competitions and reduced travel.

Alexander says conference shifts are happening more frequently and there’s also the issue of the future of the River Cities Conference.

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