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Carroll's Ryan Cavender pulls ahead to win the boys 110-meter hurdles final at the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet at New Haven May 8, 2012. The conference announced Thursday it would be disbanded in 2015.

Northeast Hoosier Conference to disband

8 schools 'mutually agreed to withdraw' in July 2015

The Northeast Hoosier Conference announced Thursday it would be disbanded in 2015.

After a meeting with the league's athletic directors and principals, a statement was emailed from NHC president and Norwell principal Mark A. Misch.

The statement read:

"Conversations have occurred throughout the school year regarding many different factors concerning the NHC member schools. In analyzing many different factors, disparity among schools in terms of enrollment continues to grow. As a result of these discussions, all member schools mutually agreed to withdraw from the NHC effective July 1, 2015. Therefore, principals and athletic directors will be focusing on new future conference membership affiliations. All member schools will abide by the constitution established by the NHC throughout the transition process which should conclude by the end of the 2014-15 school year."

Since 1989, the NHC has been made up of eight schools – Bellmont, Carroll, Columbia City, DeKalb, East Noble, Homestead, New Haven and Norwell. But recently there have been discussions, meetings and even a statement from the schools' superintendents regarding an upcoming move.

In other area conference news, a report on stated the Jay County schools superintendent Tim Long was going to recommend Jay County High School join the Allen County Athletic Conference over the North Central Conference.

"Both are great organizations, but when the sum total came down for me in terms of having to make a recommendation weighing all things, I just feel that's a better fit for Jay Schools," said Long to of the ACAC, which is made up of South Adams, Southern Wells, Adams Central, Bluffton, Heritage, Woodlan, Leo and Garrett.

"I don't know that there's one thing that would tip it either way. Based on my experience and looking at the situation, I just think it's the best fit for us."

Jay County has a school board meeting Monday where the board is expected to vote on a new conference for the currently independent Patriots' athletic programs. Jay County would join the ACAC for the 2014-15 school year.