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Fees

Jordan District

Community school fees have been increased from $11 to $12 for a one-hour, eight-week class and fees for a two-hour, eight-week class have been increased from $22 to $24. The family plan rate is unchanged.

Fees have not been boosted in four years, and the increase is necessary to cover Social Security benefits and industrial accident insurance for Community School staff.

Conservation

West Lake

West Lake Junior High is the third-place winner of Johnson Controls Total Energy Action Management in Schools (TEAMS) national education contest.

Developed by the National Energy Foundation, TEAMS is a curriculum-enhancing program designed to encourage middle-school students across America to explore energy use and its impact on the environment.

The school has received a $1,500 cash prize and TEAMS T-shirts.

Benefit

Nibley Park

The Nibley Park Elementary School student council has donated to Primary Children's Medical Center a collection of books written and illustrated by Nibley Park students.

Some titles include "We're Back. Return of the Dinosaurs," "Where Would You Like to Go on Your Vacation?" and "When I Grow Up."

Computers

Olympus

Olympus High School teacher David Barton and Orem High School student Brandon Wood have been honored by Tandy Corp.'s Tandy Technology Scholar program, which recognizes excellence in mathematics, science and computer science.

Barton, recognized for outstanding teaching, will receive a $2,500 prize and Wood will receive $1,000.

Scholarship

Jordan District

Utah Symphony musicians have established the Utah Symphony Musicians' Scholarship fund in the Jordan School District.

The money will provide music scholarships, instruments and tuition for the district's extracurricular instrumental music program for elementary students. The musicians gave $1,620 to the fund.

Ranking

University of Utah

The U.'s College of Law and Department of Educational Administration has done well in two recent national rankings.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the College of Law 36th among 177 accredited law schools and 17th among the accredited public law schools. Yale University was ranked first for the sixth consecutive year.

The magazine said the rankings were based on student selectivity, job placement success, faculty resources and two measures of institutional reputation.

A study conducted by University of Illinois researchers ranked the U.'s educational administration program third in prestige and ninth in scholarly productivity.

Vacation

Murray

Murray students will have an extra day of vacation this fall. In addition to the Utah Education Association recess Oct. 5 and 6, students will not attend class Oct. 4.

A teacher's training day, traditionally called the Mid-Winter Institute, will be moved to Oct. 4 so the district can host Harry Wong, popular educator, author and speaker. The Mid-Winter Institute was initially scheduled Feb. 20, 1996.

"This is a highly unusual situation, but we were anxious to have our teachers hear this inspiring man," said Superintendent Ron Stephens.

Teachers

Westminster College

Westminster has established a School of Education, separating the teacher education program from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Approved this month by the Board of Trustees, the new school is the first to be established at Westminster since the college was reorganized in 1983.

Stephen R. Baar, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, said it made sense to combine the education program with arts and sciences when the college was smaller. But with rapid growth in the past five years, it warrants autonomy, he said.

Westminster spokeswoman Dana Tumpowsky said a search is under way nationwide for a dean of the new school, which currently has an enrollment of more than 250.

Engineering

University of Utah

U.S. News & World Report's sixth annual guide to "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranked the U.'s College of Engineering 50th among the nation's 219 accredited engineering schools.

The U. and Colorado State University were the only schools in the Rocky Mountain region to be named in the magazine's two highest tiers.

The U. was cited for attracting $26 million in research funding and for having the nation's third lowest doctoral student to faculty ratio.

Forensics

Dixie State College

Dixie's forensics squad finished second overall in the regional forensics tournament at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho.

In addition to the second place overall award, Dixie earned seven gold awards, two silver awards and seven bronze awards, with every member of the squad winning an event.

Don Hinton, one of Dixie's forensics coaches, said the school will now select students from the squad to participate in April's national forensics competition in San Francisco.

Oquirrh

Jordan District

The Salt Lake firm Valentiner, Crane, Brunjes, Onyon Architects has been hired by Jordan School District to provide services for the demolition, cleanup and new construction of Oquirrh Elementary School in West Jordan.

The school was destroyed by fire on March 4.

Superintendent Ray Whit-ten-burg said the south end of the school building, which was not damaged by fire, can be salvaged. However, the area must be gutted to meet existing life/safety codes.

The school ought to be rebuilt and ready for occupancy midway through the 1995-96 school year.

Firefighters

Granite Elementary

Denece Ford's second-grade class at Granite Elementary School has adopted Sandy Fire Station No. 32, which serves all of the students' homes. More than 50 items have been donated to the station kitchen. For Christmas, quilts were contributed for the fire station beds.

New names

Davis schools

The Board of Education April 4 accepted committee recommendations for names of two new elementary schools. Layton's new school will be called Mountain View Elementary, and Kaysville's new school will be called Windridge Elementary.

One board member thought "Sandridge" would be a better name for Layton's new school, but committee members indicated that they had considered it and concluded it was "too blah."