The Okaw Valley Conference shake up of last week may impact Maroa-Forsyth the most in the near future.
Administrators of the school were disappointed in the way things ended Tuesday when nine schools made their intentions known to leave the conference and begin their own. High School Football Coach and Athletic Director at Maroa-Forsyth, Josh Jostes says he was not surprised to hear they not invited to the discussion table, or to join the others in leaving the conference.
It is now no secret the reasoning behind this shake up is football. Superintendent of Maroa-Forsyth Schools, Mike Williams says it is disappointing to have good long term relationships and rivalries end over it.
The option for M-F schools to join the nine teams in a new conference is still a possibility, however, Williams notes it is going to be up to the nine teams and how they set up for a tenth team join. He adds, as of right now, it is looking more and more likely that Maroa-Forsyth will be an independent come the school year 2014-15 and maybe even beyond.
Williams feels if the situation was handled differently from the beginning, and all parties were at the tables for talks, instead of secret meetings, things could have moved along much quicker and things would be very different. A conference break up also impacts Maroa-Forsyth because they have coop sports programs with other schools as well, which would end those relationships.