A vote to accept Lauralton Hall of Milford as a full-fledged member of the Southern Connecticut Conference will be held Tuesday, a source has confirmed to the Register.
SCC commissioner Al Carbone said Friday discussions have been ongoing with Lauralton and that a meeting was to be held “next week” with the SCC athletic directors and principals for the vote. He did not specify which day.
“We’ve been looking for a girls only school to even out our girls membership in some of our sports,” Carbone said. “Expanding the league is something we have been discussing for several years now.”
Lauralton Hall, an all-girls school, is currently a member of the South-West Conference. If the SCC votes in favor of the Crusaders, the source indicated that their teams would be placed in the Quinnipiac Division with West Haven, Hamden, Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame-West Haven, Xavier, Mercy and Sacred Heart Academy.
Lauralton Hall interim athletic director Judy Gallagher confirmed the school has had discussions with the SCC, but declined to comment on any vote.
“We are excited about having conversations with them. We will see where it goes,” Gallagher said.
To gain entry, the SCC Board of Governors (ADs and principals) must be 75 percent in favor of it. Lauralton Hall is currently a member in the SCC for girls hockey only.
The last schools accepted as full-fledged members to the SCC were also Milford schools, Law and Foran, in 2004. Derby was the last school to depart the SCC for the Naugatuck Valley League in 2009.
Carbone also indicated Friday that discussion with eight members of the Pequot Conference in regards to joining the SCC in football has ended. The Register reported last May that North Branford, Hyde, Cromwell, Valley Regional-Old Lyme, Haddam-Killingworth, Old Saybrook-Westbrook, Morgan and Coginchaug had expressed initial interest in coming aboard.
“There wasn’t any further interest from them. We were going to draw up a proposal and we heard that they weren’t interested in what we were planning on doing (a three-division format),” Carbone said.
The earliest any of those schools could have joined the league for football was the 2015-16 school year.