MASON CITY, Iowa - Could Mason City High School be on the verge of switching conferences?
On Monday night, the school board approved the drafting of a request to join the Northeast Iowa Conference.
Mason City has been in the Central Iowa Metro League for decades, primarily playing schools in the Des Moines metro area for its conference games.
This NEIC is made of up schools in northeast Iowa, including Waverly-Shell Rock, Charles City, Crestwood, New Hampton, Waukon, Oelwein and Decorah.
Charles City Community School District reacted to the news in a statement, saying, "Charles City Community Schools is invitational to all students, schools, and teams. Regardless of who you are or what your story is, you can learn and be loved in Charles City. We wish Mason City Community School District the best in determining which conference is the best fit for them."
The school said the benefits of joining the NEIC would be less travel and competitive opponents. The move would not impact football due to the Iowa High School Athletic Association assigning districts.
If accepted, Mason City would be the largest school in the NEIC.