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DeKalb School District 428 to vote on Dupage Valley Conference invitation

District hopes to avoid sports teams competing on independent basis

DeKalb's Jalon Redmond tries to dodge a couple of Yorkville defenders during a Northern Illinois Big 12 game Friday at DeKalb High School.
DeKalb's Jalon Redmond tries to dodge a couple of Yorkville defenders during a Northern Illinois Big 12 game Friday at DeKalb High School.

DeKALB – Tuesday’s DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting is expected to include a vote on whether the district should accept an invitation to join the DuPage Valley Conference.

Peter Goff, DeKalb High School athletic director, said representatives from the conference visited DeKalb during homecoming in September.

“They came and looked at DeKalb and were very impressed,” Goff said. Goff and District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven gave a presentation to DuPage officials Sept. 27, and who came back the next day with a formal invitation for DeKalb to join the DuPage Valley Conference.

That invitation is now set for approval by the district board Tuesday night.

“I hope they do approve it,” Goff said. “I think it’s a great conference we’re headed to, and we’ve been without one since just under a year ago.”

Since the presentation and invitation was extended in September, Craven has been updating the district board accordingly in the subsequent weeks, Goff said. Tuesday’s meeting will be to specifically address any questions district board members have regarding the conference invitation before any approval is made.

This comes after determined efforts by Goff in the past few months to explore options to prevent the Barbs from competing as independents in the 2019-20 athletic season.

Currently, the DuPage Valley Conference is at five teams, since four teams left after the 2017-18 season to form the DuKane Conference. Three Naperville schools and two Aurora schools make up the five remaining teams for DuPage Valley.

Tuesday’s District 428 board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Education Center Board Room at 901 South Fourth St.

Also on the agenda, the school board will make an official response to a third-level DeKalb Classroom Teacher’s Association grievance. No information is available on the details regarding the grievance, and Craven said the district won’t comment on the matter before Tuesday’s meeting.

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