Nowhere to Go for Winton Woods

FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - Winton Woods High School will compete athletically as an independent school for the 2012-2013 school year. This decision came after serious consideration of an offer from the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference (CMAC) to include the school in its conference even though Winton Woods is not part of the Cincinnati Public Schools system.

"We sincerely appreciate Cincinnati Public Schools for accepting our application when no other conference would," said Winton Woods High School Athletic Director Dwight Campbell. "However, in looking at sports offerings, high school enrollment, and the number of junior varsity and ninth grade teams available to compete against, it was simply not a good fit."

Winton Woods High School will re-apply to the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) during the 2011-2012 school year in the hopes that the ECC will take applications next school year. Their application to be an original member of the league was turned down. "The ECC is our best fit," said Campbell. "Currently the league has only seven teams and accepting another high school will make it easier for everyone to schedule games." The teams currently in the ECC are Loveland, Turpin, Walnut Hills, Anderson, Glen Este, Kings, and Milford.

Campbell will address the Winton Woods Board of Education at a special meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 4:00 p.m. to present the rationale for the decision and the costs associated with going independent. He will be joined by Winton Woods High School Principal Dr. Terri Holden. At 6:30 p.m. they will speak to the school's Athletic Boosters in the high school cafeteria.

"Our Athletic Boosters have been extremely patient with this long process," said Holden.  "While we know going independent for the 2012-2013 school year is strictly a short-term solution, we are confident that our Boosters will do everything they can to support our athletic program and our student-athletes through this transition."