Students and parents packed the Amherst School Board meeting Tuesday to ask the board to reconsider its decision to ban a magazine sale to raise money for the high school yearbook.
John Johnson, a senior and editor of the Tower yearbook, said the 30-member staff was relying on the $4,000 to $6,000 that would have been raised by the two-week sale to help offset yearbook costs.
Board President Arthur Page read a statement that said the board rejected the sale at its meeting Dec. 4 because it was not part of the yearbook's annual budget presented to the board; the anticipated revenues were substantially more than the club needed for this year's yearbook; the magazine sales would interfere with other clubs' fund-raisers; the sale would generate negative public relations in the community, and the board would have liked the fund-raisers to be better coordinated.
"We don't think the magazine sale is a bad idea," said Page, adding that it might be done next year. The board did not learn of the sale from the yearbook's annual budget but was told about the fund-raiser Dec. 4 by Superintendent R. Timothy O'Neill.
Page said there was a lack of communication between high school administration and the superintendent.
Johnson said the high school principal and assistant principal were notified in May about the club's fund-raising plans. Several parents said the students shouldn't have to suffer because of a lack of communication between school administration and the board.
The board met in executive session after the meeting to discuss personnel regarding the lack of communication.
The yearbook, which sells for $29 this year, is financed by Student Council grants, district funds and student fund-raisers.