On Monday, December 15, 2014, at the regular meeting of the Suburban
Scholastic Council Board of Directors, it was unanimously approved to accept 4
new school districts as associate members of the council for athletics.
The motion was presented by Suburban Council president John Rickert of Niskayuna High School and approved by all member schools to admit the Albany City School District, Schenectady City School District, Troy City School District, and Christian Brothers Academy as associate members.
With the break-up of the Big 10 athletic conference in the spring of 2014, these 4 schools faced the possibility of having to petition Section 2 for league affiliation. However, through collegiality and cooperation between the athletic directors of these 4 schools and the Suburban Council athletic directors, a process was established by which the schools could apply for associate membership.
Two of the schools, Albany and Schenectady, have also applied for full membership to the Suburban Scholastic Council, which will be decided upon during the 2015-2016 school year.
For the purposes of athletics, the following will be the league divisions for the 2015-2016 school year:
The key factors that played a role in determining the division breakdowns:
• Attempting to preserve natural rivalries
• Strength of overall program
The Suburban Scholastic Council has also created a "Competition Committee" to be chaired by Niskayuna Athletic Director Larry Gillooley. The charge of this committee will be to review annually our league divisions to determine if changes are needed in our league structure.
Suburban Council president John Rickert expressed his optimism for this expanded league:
"We have spent considerable time as a Council planning for this expansion and we have worked closely with the administrators from the new districts. The principals and athletic directors have done a great job of working collaboratively to bring this together in time to create a league schedule for the 2015-2016 school year," Rickert said. "We look forward to having one of the most organized and competitive leagues for interscholastic athletics in all of New York State."