The Northeast Iowa Conference, the grouping of seven school districts which includes Decorah, could look much different in 2020.
The Mason City Globe-Gazette is reporting the Mason City School Board approved allowing Mason City High School to apply for membership in the Northeast Iowa Conference. The newspaper says the move would save greatly on transportation costs for the Mason City School District, since it has a sports travel budget of $60,000 a year due to playing many matches against Des Moines area high schools.
Another issue is that Mason City High School has an enrollment around 800 students, while some Des Moines high school have double or almost triple that number. That makes it difficult for Mason City to be competitive in sports.