MORRIS – It was a much ado about nothing feeling Wednesday after the Interstate Eight Conference's monthly principal meeting.
Last week, seven member schools of the Interstate Eight Conference - Coal City, Lisle, Reed-Custer, Wilmington, Manteno, Herscher and Peotone - informed Streator, Sandwich, Plano and Westmont that they will be exploring other conference options.
There were no fireworks at Wednesday's meeting. Rather, it was just the opposite.
"There wasn't anything decided," Coal City principal Mitch Hamann said. "It was a real quick meeting, only about 35-40 minutes.
"There was very little response from any other other schools and we are still in the same boat we were before. Everyone knows we are in the looking stages and that's it. There's nothing new to report."
Coal City has been open with its school board and the community about its intentions from the beginning.
"We feel like that's the best way," Hamann said. "If people are paying taxes to support our school, then they should know what the school is up to. We open our school board meetings to the public so anyone who wants to discuss things can come and do that. We aren't going to make everyone happy, but at least everyone can be heard."
Hamann said that the conference principals generally meet on the first Wednesday of each month, making the next meeting Oct. 4.