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IHSA Schools Approve 3 By-Law Amendments

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Illinois High School Association (IHSA) member schools approved all three amendment proposals on the ballot in the annual referendum that ended December 30, 2015. The online ballots were tabulated and certified in the IHSA Office on Wednesday, Jan. 6. All the by-law changes take effect on July 1, 2016.

Here is a summary of the proposals and the vote totals. (The numbers in parentheses indicate the total of yes, no, and no opinion votes. For an amendment to pass, yes votes must outnumber no votes.)

  • Proposal 6 (passed 414-140-43): Clarifies the current-by-law and establishes when students can and can't attend a coaching school, camp, or clinic during two distinct periods during the calendar year.
  • Proposal 15 (passed 277-247-73): Removes the season limitation currently in place for Scholastic Bowl.
  • Proposal 16 (passed 280-232-85): Increases the contest limitation for Scholastic Bowl from 18 dates to 27 dates.

A total of 597 of 811 member schools (73.6%) participated in the amendment balloting, a slight decrease from last year's 75.7%.

Following is a summary of member school participation in the amendment process since 1996-97.

Year

Type of Ballot

Proposals on Ballot

Schools Voting

Percentage Voting

1996-97

mail-in

3

≥541

~72%

1997-98

mail-in

5

≥526

~70%

1998-99

mail-in

data missing

1999-2000

mail-in

22

≥517

~68%

2000-01

mail-in

3

≥547

~73%

2001-02

mail-in

11
(1 rejected)

≥417 of 755

~55%

2002-03

mail-in

7

≥493 of 766

~64%

2003-04

mail-in

9

≥541

~71%

2004-05

online

5

≥475

~62%

2005-06

online

5

≥593

~78%

2006-07

online

6

438 of 764

57.3%

2007-08

online

4

473 of 756

62.0%

2008-09

online

4
(1 rejected)

415 of 777

53.4%

2009-10

online

8

430 of 785

54.8%

2010-11

online

13

416 of 786

52.9%

2011-12

online

14

500 of 794

63.0%

2012-13

online

11

464 of 802

57.8%

2013-14

online

11

463 of 808

57.3%

2014-15

online/email

6
(3 rejected)

613 of 810

75.7%

2015-16

online/email

3

597 of 811

73.6%

 

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