Belleville to join KLAA for 2018-19 school year

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And then there were 14, again.

The Kensington Lakes Activities Association, which recently voted Grand Blanc out of the league after the 2017-18 school year, announced Wednesday that Belleville will join the league that year.

The addition of Belleville eases the travel burden on most of the league’s schools. Only the Livingston County schools — Brighton, Hartland and Howell — are more than 40 miles away from Belleville.

In contrast, Grand Blanc is 45 miles or more from 10 current KLAA schools.

“One of the things we tried to do was limit travel as much as we possibly could,” KLAA president Nicole Carter said. “Kids should be doing homework, rather than riding a bus for an hour and a half each way.”

Carter, who also is the Novi High School principal, said two other unidentified schools were considered for membership.

The KLAA began with 23 schools in 2008, added Grand Blanc in 2009, and operated with 24 schools until 10 schools voted to leave last spring. Nine formed a new league, the Lakes Valley Conference, while Pinckney rejoined the Southeastern Conference, effective in 2017-18.

The first contest between Belleville and a KLAA team will come in late August, when Belleville and Brighton meet in a football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.