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The Salt Lake Board of Education likes the idea of a Lincoln Junior High memorial on the site of the defunct school, but its support doesn't go as far as dollars.

The board has passed a resolution commending alumni for "their efforts to keep alive the name and memories of Lincoln School. The board expresses the hope that individuals will participate in this endeavor and help make the neighborhood aware of the fine traditions that will be exemplified by the bust of Abraham Lincoln."Board members, however, said they couldn't see spending tax dollars dedicated to education on the junior high memorial.

Two weeks ago, Lincoln alum Stephen Hemingway, Class of 1968, asked the board to help pay for a bronze bust of Lincoln, sculpted by Avard Fairbanks, on the old school site. A minishopping center, called Lincoln Plaza, is scheduled to open on the site in November. A plaster Lincoln bust stood in the school's foyer for years.

Hemingway said he needs an estimated $5,000 to pay for the pouring of a bronze bust that can weather the elements. Hemingway said he will seek donations from Lincoln alumni. Those who donate $20 or more will have their names included on a plaque.

Superintendent John W. Bennion said the school district will see if it can legally give names of former alumni to Hemingway.