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North Olmsted Accepted into the Great Lakes Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:   Ms. Amy Rutledge, Communications Director

(440) 588-5312 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

 

North Olmsted Accepted into the Great Lakes Conference

North Olmsted City Schools has been invited to join the Great Lakes Conference beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. The North Olmsted Board of Education officially accepted this invitation at their regular meeting on February 19.  The district has been part of the Southwestern Conference since 1954 and is one of two districts that were extended an invitation to the Great Lakes Conference. Westlake City Schools will also join the Great Lakes Conference beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

North Olmsted Athletic Director Mike Ptacek said the change is best for students and will have a positive impact on the school culture.  “We greatly appreciate being part of the Southwestern Conference for so long,” said Ptacek. “We feel a move to the Great Lakes Conference is in the best interest of our students and a great fit for the future of our athletic programs. Aligning with the tremendous districts in the Great Lakes Conference will positively impact our school culture and provide an opportunity to strengthen an already strong league,” he added.

            Enrollment numbers and community demographics were taken into consideration when North Olmsted decided to apply to the Great Lakes Conference.  “Our enrollment has declined over the last several years,” said Superintendent Dr. Zalar. “Moving to the Great Lakes Conference will allow us to compete with districts that are similar in terms of student population and community demographics,” he added.

            Zach Weagley, High School Principal said the change will be great for the students athletically, but also for the North Olmsted community.  “The opportunity to join the Great Lakes Conference provides our school community with the opportunity to rekindle old rivalries, as well as create new ones,” Weagley said. “The proximity of the schools in the Great Lakes Conference will also allow our Eagle fan base to have a greater presence at away events, which will enhance the experience of our student-athletes,” he added.

The Great Lakes Conference will consist of Valley Forge, Parma, Normandy, Rocky River, Medina Buckeye, Bay Village, Holy Name, Fairview Park, Elyria Catholic, Lakewood (joining in 2020), North Olmsted (joining in 2021) and Westlake (joining in 2021).

 

 North Olmsted City Schools offers equal employment and educational opportunities to all qualified individuals regardless of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or protected class status.  Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability are encouraged to file a complaint with the North Olmsted City School Compliance Officer, Director of Human Resources (440) 588-5309.

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