As expected the Tri-City high schools and Walla Walla officially submitted a letter to the Columbia Basin Big Nine to withdraw from the league at the end of the school year.
The Tri-City schools and Walla Walla High School will form a new league, featuring four Class 4A schools and four Class 3A schools.
The athletic directors and principals will meet next week to begin discussing playoffs, bylaws, schedules and a new name for the league.
The CBBN will remain with Class 4A schools Davis, Eisenhower, Wenatchee, Eastmont and Moses Lake and Class 3A Sunnyside.
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The following is the letter that the Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Walla Walla superintendents signed and sent to the other CBBN superintendents.
“The purpose of this letter is to inform CBBN member schools that Kennewick School District, Pasco School District, Richland School District, and Walla Walla District will be withdrawing from the CBBN effective at the end of the school year (June 30, 2012).
We have enjoyed our affiliation with the schools of the CBBN and have many fond memories of great athletic competition among our student athletes.
Economic circumstances and a desire to keep our students and staff in class are our two primary drivers in this decision. Factoring three straight years of budget cuts with further cuts expected, and the increased academic demands on our students, we believe this is the right decision for our districts and our families.
Again, we have enjoyed the many years of competition with all the members of the CBBN, and hope that we will be able to continue some non-league competition in the future.”
For more see Saturday’s Tri-City Herald.
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