With the start of the 2018-19 school year, the Central Activities Conference will grow to eight members as Community R-VI School at Laddonia was approved Monday by a 7-0 vote by CAC administrators reported Greg Taylor, principal and activities director for Northeast R-IV School.

“I think this will be a strong addition to our conference. The size of their school and the kind of activities Community is involved in is very similar to the rest of us and they will be a good fit,” Taylor said Wednesday morning. “Before I came to Cairo I spent four years as a principal at Community. They have very good teachers and adminstrators there, and the community is very supportive of their school. I'm pleased that they are joining.”

Other CAC schools consist of Madison, Sturgeon, Pilot Grove, Glasgow, Slater and New Franklin.

Community R-VI Trojans has been members of the Eastern Missouri Conference for more than 10 years. On behalf of the school district, Community's activities director Matt Thomas issued a press release stating that the EMO has been good to them and that “With its growth in size of schools we felt it was time see if there were better opportunities for our kids to compete in a conference with schools of similar size. We feel like the CAC is a very logical choice for us.”

Taylor said activities directors from all eight institutions were meeting Wednesday afternoon at Madison High School to discuss future athletic scheduling and other CAC related events.

He also said he does not expect the addition of Community will greatly affect Cairo's athletic budget for travel purposes. Laddonia is about a 60-mile drive east from Cairo, the same distance it is to reach Pilot Grove.

Community R-IV does not offer fall baseball like the rest of the CAC schools, but instead is into a joint cooperation with the Van-Far of Vandalia school district to play Class 1 football. Slater is the only CAC school that competes in football, but they compete as an Independent program in this sport.