The Constitution State Conference principals have agreed to invite Harding and Bassick into the league, the Connecticut Post reported Thursday.
The move, which is pending almost certain Bridgeport Board of Education approval, will take place in 2015.
Harding and Bassick, along with Bridgeport Central, the city’s third public school, have been members of the FCIAC since 1993.
While Bassick and Harding have virtually dominated the league in boys basketball during their 20 years as members of the FCIAC — Harding has won five league championships, Bassick three — the remainder of the schools’ athletic teams have rarely been competitive.
“We think it could be a new day in sports for these teams after a long period of futility,” Bridgeport Citywide Athletic Director Neil Kavey told the Post.
“We’ve made a lot of friendships through the years with other schools. We thank them for their support. They’ve always been very generous with us, very supportive for us.”
Harding and Bassick would join a league that includes regional schools like Bullard-Havens, Platt Tech, O’Brien Tech and Whitney Tech. Capital Prep is also a member. The CSC would grow to 23 diverse schools spread across the state from as far West as Danbury (Abbott Tech) to Putnam in the east.
Classical Magnet is expected to leave the league for the NCCC. Wright Tech of Stamford has reopened and is expected to field varsity sports programs in at least three years.
“We have magnet schools, we have public schools, we have tech schools,” said CSC commissioner Jim Day, “This gives us two more public schools.”
Putnam joined several years ago. Its football program, Putnam/Tourtellotte/Ellis Tech (aka Quinnebaug Valley), qualified for the state football playoffs last year along with league members Capital Prep/Classical Magnet/Achieve First and Prince Tech. No CSC football team has ever won a state football playoff game.