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HIGHLAND PUTS SUPPORT IN WRITING

Mayor James A. Hewlett and the Highland City Council are sending a letter to the Alpine School District declaring the city's commitment to a proposed junior high school within Highland city limits.

The purpose of the letter is to clarify any questions about where the city stands on one of two proposed junior high schools that the Alpine School District hopes to begin constructing this year.If the special $30 million bond passes through the April 28 bond election, Alpine School District hopes to build two new junior high schools in Highland or north American Fork and in Lindon or north Orem.

"Concerns have been expressed at the district level about providing essential services to sites in Highland and Alpine. Those concerns should be eliminated," Hewlett said Wednesday night.

The school is specifically allowed for in city zoning codes, Hewlett said. "The only problem I can foresee is finding property in a large enough piece."

But the locations do exist, he said, and Highland has the infrastructure to provide water, sewage and electricity to the school.

"When they built the new school in Lehi, we gave them every reason in the world to build it here," Hewlett said. "But something happened, I think there were some previous commitments, and we didn't get the school. That's what I want to try and prevent here. If anything is involved in changing this decision, I want to make sure they are eliminated and make it apparent that the community is behind it."

If the two junior high schools are built, they should help ease crowding in Pleasant Grove, American Fork and Canyon View junior high schools, the fastest growing areas in the district.