Making the decision for your school to join a league is a rather important matter.

But for Pleasant Valley and Lehighton, taking their time to make that decision isn't an option.

On Wednesday, the Bears and Indians both received letters from representatives of the Colonial League to join their organization.

The two schools, however, only have until Tuesday, April 9 to give an answer.

While that leaves them with less than three weeks to make their call, Pleasant Valley superintendant Dr. Doug Arnold feels it can be done.

"On March 20, we did receive a letter to become fulltime members of the Colonial League," said Arnold on Thursday. "We're taking that letter under advisement and we've been given a few weeks to make a decision. We're going to give it due diligence and make the best decision for our district and our student-athletes.

"Yes, they did give a deadline. We need to reply to them no later than Tuesday, April 9. At this point, it's so new. But I think we'll be able to do what it takes to evaluate everything in the time frame that we have. As long as we have all the facts, we'll be comfortable making a decision."

To some, the invitation to Pleasant Valley may have come as a surprise. But to Arnold, it really wasn't a complete shock.

"There has been talk over the years about realignment in certain leagues so you know it can happen, but until you get anything in your hands ... We were somewhat surprised," said Arnold. "A lot of times in the past teams are asked to apply if they have interest in joining a league and in this case they came to us."

Actually, the Colonial League's policy is that expansion is by invitation only. That became effective at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

The Colonial League, according to vice president Bryan Geist, has also stipulated that they will need two to join at the same time. Therefore, if one declines the other cannot join. Geist did, however, say that if that happens there may be a third school that will be asked.