(3-8-21) The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board heard a report during today’s meeting from Executive Director Craig Anderson on the first meeting of the IHSA Financial Ad Hoc Committee, which is charged with planning the IHSA’s financial plan for the future as the Association recovers from the economic impact of the pandemic.

The Board discussed the timeline for the 2021-22 membership renewal notice. The IHSA Financial Ad Hoc Committee will meet on March 11th and will recommend a membership fee plan for the 2021-22 school year for the Board to review and vote on at its April meeting.

At the February meeting the Board approved a recommendation to approve the formation of a special financial ad hoc committee.

IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson:

“The pandemic has had a significant financial impact on the IHSA and we have utilized a number of internal cost-saving measures since last March. Now that we have a clearer picture of what the remainder of the 2020-21 school year will look like, we were able to amend our current budget and begin to look toward the future. We look forward to convening a committee that includes member school administrators, so they can provide vital input on how the IHSA recovers, and ultimately thrives, following this pandemic. Our staff and Board of Directors remain diligent in our cost-saving efforts and will do everything in our power to remain good financial stewards while maintaining the mission of the Association.”

No details were released after today’s meeting on the financial situation the IHSA is facing or a draft of what memberships fees will look like. It does looks like the board will have the final say and member schools will have no final say on the cost.

No word if Illinois Governor Pritzker will help with the financial impact the association suffered from the pandemic.