RANTOUL — The Sangamon Valley Conference will not add new members any time soon. In a three-hour Wednesday meeting, the eight league principals voted not to accept applications for admission from Monticello, Unity and Dwight. In votes taken separately, none of the schools received the required six votes to be admitted to the Sangamon Valley Conference.
“That means the SVC is staying as we are, status quo,” Paxton-Buckley-Loda athletic director John Overstreet said.
Overstreet said the votes were not a reflection on the schools that applied.
“A lot of the reason was travel,” he said. “That was a concern for everybody in the conference. All three schools would have brought positives to the SVC. The consensus was we didn’t think now was the time to vote them in.”
Though disappointing, Monticello athletic director Randy Moss said it’s not the end.
“I’ve always been optimistic and still am,” he said. “I think we’ll find something or start our own (conference). I’m not too worried about it. We know which way we need the ball to roll.”
Although Unity has not yet applied to any other conferences, athletic director Scott Hamilton said “we have discussed 10 or 15 different options. We will try to move on to Plan B, once we figure out what Plan B is.”
Unity and Monticello will remain members of the Okaw Valley Conference until that league disbands after the 2013-14 school year. Dwight is a member of the Interstate Eight.
“This process is like a roller coaster,” Moss said. “It’s like a soap opera. Instead of ‘As the World Turns’ it’s ‘As The Conferences Roll.’ ”
Among the schools Monticello, Unity and Maroa-Forsyth (the other deposed Okaw member) will look to for a startup conference are Eureka, Olympia, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Rantoul, St. Joseph-Ogden and St. Thomas More.
In an unrelated development, Argenta-Oreana was voted out of the newly formed Central Illinois Conference on Wednesday.
The school has applied to be in the Little Okaw Valley Conference in 2014-15.
“Our board (Tuesday) gave us permission to pursue that,” A-O Principal Sean German said, “and I communicated that with the LOVC.”
Overstreet expects more changes. “This isn’t the end of the progression,” he said. “It will be an ever-changing cycle until IHSA steps in.”