During Wednesday’s regular-scheduled school board meetings, both South Shelby and Monroe City turned down invitations to join the Lewis & Clark Conference, opting to remain in the Clarence Cannon Conference.
Both schools were offered invitations to join the conference back in the spring and have spent plenty of time mulling over the decision, but both decided it was best to stay in the CCC.
According to MSHSAA, South Shelby’s enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is 227 and Monroe City has 224 students. Westran is currently the largest school in the Lewis & Clark with 210 students.
Geographically, both schools would have expanded the conference to the northeast. Both South Shelby and Monroe City are located approximately 77 miles from Fayette.
One of the main reasons for sticking with the CCC, according to both schools, is because of tradition. The CCC has been in existence since 1945 and currently consists of nine schools: Brookfield, Centralia, Clark County, Highland, Louisiana, Macon, Monroe City, Palmyra and South Shelby. Clark County and Brookfield are the newest members of the conference, joining back in 2010. Mark Twain left the conference after the 2013-14 school year to join the Eastern Missouri Conference.
For more on South Shelby and Monroe City’s decision to stay with the CCC, here is a link to a story published in today’s Quincy Herald-Whig.
For more than 30 years, the Lewis & Clark Conference has been unchanged, consisting of six schools: Fayette, Marceline, Paris, Salisbury, Slater and Westran. However, the conference will have a new look over the next two school years.
At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Slater will depart the Lewis & Clark, joining the Central Activities Conference. For one school year, the Lewis & Clark will drop to five schools.
Then, beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Harrisburg will enter the conference, pushing it back to six members. Harrisburg was voted into the conference in December 2013.