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Adirondack League officials have postponed a decision on whether to accept Granville’s bid to join the smaller-school league, saying they needed more time and information.

“The league determined it needed additional time to further explore its options,” said Andrew Cook, Adirondack League president and Hartford superintendent. “We need to research the idea and explore all the potential consequences of adding a new school.”

Cook said the league will meet again in the fall or early winter to further discuss Granville’s application. A vote would then follow and all 13 schools in the Adirondack League would have to approve Granville’s application for it to succeed.

“We can’t rush the decision,” Cook said. “It wouldn’t be fair to our member schools or Granville to rush a decision. We have to make sure that any potential addition is a good short (term) and long term fit.”

Granville Superintendent Mark Bessen and Athletic Director Dan Poucher attended the meeting last Thursday at Lake George High School and presented their reasons why Granville was looking to leave the Wasaren League and join the Adirondack League.

“We shared our thoughts on the geography, participation and regional relationships,” Bessen said. “They had some concerns in regards to the size of Granville, but they didn’t say no.”

Cook said members asked Bessen to provide them with enrollment numbers at every grade level as well as a list of the sports Granville offers. That information will be taken into consideration when a decision is made, Cook said.

“They’re going to look at how it affects them,” Bessen said. “They represent their schools and have to make the best decision for their kids, just like we do.”

The 2013 state enrollment data, the most recent available, shows Granville’s BEDs number would make it the largest school in the Adirondack League (it has the second largest enrollment in the Wasaren League, behind only Mechanicville).

If admitted, Granville would join Corinth as the only Class B schools in the league. Eight schools in the league compete at Class D. The rest compete at Class C.

The Granville Board of Education voted 8-1 on Jan. 12 to seek admission in to the Adirondack League. Members cited travel and the desire to field more competitive teams as the primary reasons for change.

Six Adirondack League schools are closer to Granville than Greenwich, the closest Wasaren League school.

A move would only affect Granville’s volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball/softball and golf teams. Granville’s field hockey team already plays in a combined Wasaren/Adirondack League and other sports, such as football and track, play in leagues based on class, which wouldn’t be affected by a move to another league.

The decision to put off a vote on the matter ensures Granville will compete in the Wasaren League during the 2015-16 school year.

Even had a vote been taken, it’s unlikely Granville would have moved from the Wasaren League in time for next school year. District officials said Granville needs to give the Wasaren League a year’s notice before leaving. In some instances, as the league did for Schuylerville this year, that waiting period can be waived if another school has expressed interest in joining the league.

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