- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines Public Schools has announced its five schools will remain with the Central Iowa Metropolitan League, the state’s largest big-school activities conference.

At least eight schools - those in Des Moines, plus Marshalltown, Indianola and Ottumwa - had discussed earlier this week breaking away from Central Iowa Metropolitan League, The Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/1oR0wws ). But many of the schools had backed off that suggestion by Friday, the newspaper reported.

The Des Moines Public Schools announced Friday in a news release that its five members - East, Hoover, North, Lincoln and Roosevelt - would remain in the Central Iowa league at least through the 2015-16 school year.

Des Moines Public Schools officials approached the other schools about the possibility of merging. All eight schools already compete in Central Iowa Metropolitan’s Metro Conference in all sports except football.


Some in those districts believe they could better govern their schools’ own sports and activities outside the CIML.

“Given the way the CIML is aligned right now, we’re essentially operating as a conference within the conference,” Phil Roeder, the Des Moines Public Schools director of communications, told the newspaper. “So this arrangement might just give our schools along with Marshalltown, Ottumwa and Indianola a little more say and a little better governance of our own conference activities.”

One key reason for the decision to keep the Central Iowa Metropolitan League intact may have been that athletic schedules for conference events have already been scheduled through the 2015-16 school year.

Marshalltown activities director Craig Huegel said his school plans to remain in the league for at least two years.

“At this point, we’re not pursuing another plan,” Huegel said.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com