By Farhan C
The Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) will be losing 10 of its 24 members next school year, including Walled Lake Central. Other schools that have decided to leave the KLAA are Walled Lake Western, Walled Lake Northern, Waterford Mott, Waterford Kettering, Milford, South Lyon, South Lyon East, Lakeland and Pinckney.
The shake-up comes after the schools failed to agree on how the KLAA should be set up. Currently, the KLAA consists of two conferences (The Kensington Conference and The Lakes Conference) with two divisions in each conference (the central and south divisions for the Kensington Conference, and the north and west divisions in the Lakes Conference). The problem is that schools with really low attendance, like South Lyon East, are in the same division as schools like Northville that have over 2,000 kids.
As of right now the plan is for all of the departing schools, with the exception of Pinckney, to form a new league with a name to be decided upon later on. The 14 schools that will remain with the KLAA for next school year are Canton, Salem, Plymouth, Westland John Glenn, Livonia Churchill, Livonia Stevenson, Livonia Franklin, Wayne Memorial, Hartland, Novi, Northville, Howell, Grand Blanc, and Brighton.
Walled Lake Central has been a part of the KLAA North Division since the league was first started in 2008. Still, varsity football coach Bob Meyer is very excited about the change. “I’m very excited about it because now the schools will be more evenly sized,” said Meyer. “The schools are also in close proximity now so there won’t be anymore hour long drives out to games.”