NEW WATERFORD, Ohio (WYTV) – At Wednesday night’s school board meeting, staff and board members from the only remaining Columbiana County school in the Inter-Tri County League spoke about their neighboring districts which have announced plans to leave.

The Morning Journal says school leaders expressed disappointment that they will be required to travel north more often, rather than playing their neighbors.

“I do feel we are being penalized because we do not accept mediocrity,” co-athletic director and head football coach Paul Cusick tells the newspaper. He adds that the decision of the other schools to leave is wrong for Crestview, South Range and Springfield.

“You want to play your neighbor,” said Dr. Edward Miller, president of the board, “even if your neighbor doesn’t want to play you.”

Superintendent John Dilling said the way it happened was not right, with secret meetings held.

Dilling says when the district learns where it will play in the 2017-2018 school year, it will hold a meeting for parents.