WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — A new school in West Valley City has been named after the first man to stand on the moon.
The Granite School District Board of Education decided to name the school the Neil Armstrong Academy after the late astronaut.
The school, which will serve pre-K through six-grade students, will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/Snr5eV ) the school will open for the 2013-14 school year.
Principal Tyler Howe says the school's name is appropriate because Armstrong and others involved in the Apollo moon missions are "powerful models" of an approach to learning based on science, technology, engineering and math.
Armstrong, who walked on the moon in 1969, died in August at the age of 82.
Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com