Neil Kavey, the citywide director of athletics for Bridgeport schools, confirmed on Friday that both Warren Harding and Bassick have taken the first step toward leaving the FCIAC and joining the Constitution State Conference, made up primarily of technical vocational schools, for the 2015-16 school year.
Kavey said the two schools made a presentation for admittance to CSC league directors on May 1.
A vote by the CSC was supposed to have been taken on Thursday night, but the league delayed it until next Thursday.
Harding, Bassick and Bridgeport Central, with a few exceptions, have had a difficult time being competitive in the FCIAC across the board except in boys basketball since joining the league two decades ago.
Kavey said that was the impetus for Harding and Bassick looking to make the move.
“We’re in a business to help our kids and I think the best thing we can do is put them on an even, competitive playing field,” Kavey said.
Several sources said that if Harding and Bassick should depart, which would leave the FCIAC with 17 member schools, Central might also look to relocate, perhaps to the Southern Connecticut Conference. Kavey denied the rumor.
FCIAC executive secretary John Kuczo declined comment.