Union seeks to rejoin IHSAA
The Union School Board recently gave the green light to reapplying for admission to the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Athletic director Joe Pigg said the board authorized on Monday night filling out the application for readmission. Union had to leave the IHSAA after the Northeast School Corp. voted on Dec. 2, 2013, to close the junior/senior high school and Dugger Elementary. Union became a charter school in 2015 through Grace College.
“We just got approved to go ahead on joining,” Pigg said.
He said the school must complete an application form and return it to the IHSAA by Aug. 1. Pigg said school officials have not yet had the time to study the application to see what information the IHSAA requires.
After submitting the application, he added, Union will be on probation for four years. If probation goes well, Union will be in the IHSAA again.
“We felt like it would be an honor to be back in there,” Pigg said. “It would let people know that we’re here to stay. We’re really excited about it.”
Rejoining the IHSAA would bring several benefits to Union. Pigg said Union would be able to play a wider range of schools once it is a member and “at some point we would like to get back in a conference.” Most importantly, Union would be able to play in a sectional once a member.
Readmission would have no impact upon Union’s academic programs, Pigg said.
“Our academics will stay the same,” Pigg said. “We’re held to higher standards for our athletes than the IHSAA is.”