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MURRAY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO INCREASE FUND FOR STUDENT ACADEMIC AWARDS

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The Murray School Board has approved increasing from $250 to $300 the amount of money each of 20 academically outstanding students at Murray High can receive each year from the Clove Trust Fund.

"I think this is a smart move, because $250 doesn't go very far anymore," said board member Sherry Madsen.Murray School District, the smallest in Utah, is the only one with a special financial fund that awards outstanding academic student performance.

The award is given each year to students who excel academically. The increase was requested by Murray High School Principal Richard R. Tranter.

Tranter said his school is promoting pride and better self-esteem among the student body and would like to boost the Clove Fund award to encourage teenagers further. The fund was originally established by a former Murray superintendent who donated the money.

Most of the money is given to two students from each high school department at the end of the school year, Tranter explained. But Tranter and other school administrators are considering giving the cash award to students during the course of the year.