Dual County League principals approved the possibility of expansion at their meeting today at Acton-Boxboro.
The move is the first formal step in a process that could lead to a number of Merrimack Valley Conference schools leaving that conference and applying for membership in the DCL. Tewksbury, Andover, Dracut, Chelmsford, and Billerica have discussed a potential move but until yesterday the DCL hadn't decided whether it wished to expand.
Sometime this week the DCL will invite schools to apply for membership with a posting on the MIAA website. Any MIAA-member school in the state can apply to join the DCL. According to Concord-Carlisle athletic director Barry Haley there will be a May 1 deadline for schools to complete and submit an application document. He said the league hopes to make a decision on what schools, if any, to admit by June 30.
"We're interested in schools looking to join the DCL for the right reasons and that are in it for the long term,'' said Haley.
When the DCL makes its decision it will then file a notification of a league change with the MIAA's District A Committee. If, as expected, the schools applying to join the DCL are all from District A, that process should go smoothly and the changes will go into effect for the 2013-14 school year.
The DCL currently has 12 schools but Tyngsboro and Arlington are leaving after this school year. Tyngsboro, which will compete in Central Mass next year, joined the DCL in 2006. Arlington, which is moving to the Middlesex League, joined in 2008.
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