The Decorah Community School District Board of Directors and administration continue to monitor possible membership changes in the Northeast Iowa Conference, which has a long and proud history spanning more than a century.

Founded in 1920, the NEIC was the state’s first interscholastic conference, and Decorah is a charter member. The league consisted of the same seven members from 1970, when Waukon joined, until 2022, when Oelwein departed the conference. Waverly-Shell Rock will cease its NEIC membership at the conclusion of the 2023-24 school year.

In recent weeks, the Howard-Winneshiek Board of Education authorized its superintendent to formally request admission to the Upper Iowa Conference. In response, the Charles City Board of Education granted approval to its superintendent to inquire about moving to the North Central Conference.

Potential new conference membership options for the Decorah Community School District are limited due to the district’s geographic location. The administration and board will continue to monitor these developments, seek feedback from the community, and evaluate the district’s options moving forward.

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