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Alpine schools

An approved compensation package will give Alpine School District teachers a 7.65 percent salary and benefit increase.

Alpine's Board of Education approved the negotiated contract last week.

Lilly Taylor, a Forber Elementary School teacher and the new president of the Alpine Education Association, said 97 percent of the association's member approved the contract.

The settlement affects about 2,000 classroom employees.

Classified employees — custodians, secretaries, aides — also will receive a 7.65 percent increase for health benefits and salaries, according to a new contract.

American Fork

Four males have been arrested for allegedly breaking into more than a dozen vehicles in American Fork late Monday night and Tuesday morning.

According to American Fork Police Lt. Andrew Hale, the suspects were found after a witness saw two men stealing his car stereo and fleeing on foot.

Officers who found the two subsequently discovered their truck with a third suspect hiding inside. He fled but was stopped by the man who'd called police.

A number of stereos were found in the suspects' truck, and throughout the morning vehicle owners called to report stereo thefts which enabled officers to match up much of the stolen property.

A fourth suspect was located Tuesday also.

The two adults are in the Utah County Jail and two juveniles are being held in youth detention, Hale said. All four gave Salt Lake City addresses.

Orem

Seven dancers from the Utah Regional Ballet received full scholarships during the annual Regional Dance America-Pacific Festival.

Winners include Brittany Shoemaker, Orem; Jennifer Price, Lehi; Naomi Reid, Woodland Hills; Leslie Evans, Alpine; Heather Salt, South Jordan; Stephanie Ryder, Springville; Rachel Lanham, Orem.

The scholarships will allow the dancers to study at some of the country's most prestigious dance schools.

More than 400 dancers from 23 dance companies in five states competed for the scholarships at the four-day festival, held at Utah Valley State College.

Spanish Fork

Spanish Fork officials rejected Tuesday both bids submitted for construction of a new skatepark after determining they were too high.

The city set a budget of $85,000 for the facility, scheduled for construction at a park across from Spanish Fork Junior High.

The lowest bid was $145,000, and the other bid was $254,000, city records show.

"There's a lot of work right now for contractors," said a city staffer. "If they get it, they get it. If not, it's no big deal."

"I guess we're going back to the drawing board," Mayor Dale Barney said.

The city still plans to build the skatepark. "They've been promised," he said of youthful skateboarders.

Utah County

Two Utah County teachers Tuesday were given $25,000 for winning Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards.

J. Lynn Jones, principal of Nebo's Mapleton Elementary School, and Marilee Terry, a teacher at Grandview Elementary School in Provo, accepted the awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

LaRayne Brown, a teacher at Belknap Elementary in Beaver, also was named a Milken educator.

The foundation has given more than $43 million to exceptional U.S. teachers since the awards were established in 1985. One hundred fifty-five educators from 43 states were recognized.