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Lehighton set to vote 'no' to join CL

Published April 20. 2013 09:02AM

According to its agenda for this Monday night's meeting, the Lehighton Area School Board will make a motion to accept the recommendation of the Athletic Committee and District Solicitor to turn down the invitation to join the Colonial League for the 2014-2015 school year.

Lehighton and Pleasant Valley, two current members of the Mountain Valley Conference, were delivered invitations by Colonial League officials back on March 20.

Pleasant Valley officials voted not to accept the invitation at its school board meeting last week.

The problem for the Indians is they have already committed to the Schuylkill League and Anthracite Football League. In fact, just recently, the AFL released its proposed football schedule for the 2014 season with Lehighton included.

An attempt to contact school officials to confirm what appears on the agenda on its website was unsuccessful.

After Pleasant Valley turned down the invitation last week, the Colonial League immediately delivered an invitation to Jim Thorpe, another Schuylkill League member, to join the league.

If Lehighton does vote the invitation down as expected, the Colonial League's attempt to expand would die for now, since it wants to add two members, not one.

Almost two years ago, Lehighton and Jim Thorpe fell three votes short of the 80 percent majority of becoming Colonial League members.

Since the Colonial League expanded to its current 12-school format in 1994, it was the fifth time Lehighton has applied for membership. Lehighton also made formal applications to the league in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2008. The seven yes votes two years ago was an improvement over the 11-1 rejection it received in 2008, Lehighton started to look elsewhere and eventually was welcomed with open arms by the Anthracite League last year.

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