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School Board eliminates Fair Day
The School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to eliminate Fair Day from the 2011-12 school calendar in order to push back the start of school until Aug. 15.But the instant negative reaction from the community, teachers and the Fair Association has already sent some School Board members scrambling to reverse the decision.“As far as I’m concerned, I think we’re going to have to revisit the subject of Fair Day,” said board member Bill Zechman, noting he had talked to several people, including Fair Association president Kevin Lawrence. “I’m not sure this idea of eliminating Fair Day is going to stick. It’s got a lot of people concerned about it.”Zechman says among those are financial concerns expressed by Lawrence.“Last year, and we were still very much in the recession last year, he said the fair took in $37,000 that day, and that was at the low end,” Zechman said, noting that in good years Lawrence estimates the revenue would be from $40,000 to $50,000 on Fair Day.