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Ames joins DMPS, other districts in leaving CIML

Fort Dodge, Mason City, Marshalltown and Ottumwa have already split from the Central Iowa Metropolitan League. Ames voted to withdraw Monday evening.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Public Schools will be leaving the Central Iowa Metropolitan League (CIML) to join a new athletic conference starting in the 2022-23 school year, the district announced Monday.

“While DMPS is a founding member of the CIML, the current size of the conference has created challenges in everything from scheduling to decision-making to significant inequities among its member schools," DMPS Director of Activities Jason Allen said in a statement. "This is the right time to look at a new direction."

Later Monday, the Ames School Board voted 6-1 to do the same. During the special meeting, Supt. Jenny Risner said Ames will be tagging along with other schools to leave the CIML. 

Risner said following the board's vote, superintendents from other districts will come together to write a letter that includes resolutions like theirs from other school districts. 

Fort Dodge, Mason City, Marshalltown and Ottumwa have already split from the 19-team CIML.

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Highlighted in red are the schools that have proposed to split from the CIML, forming their own conference.

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