- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - A Johnston woman is leading an effort to rename a school building in honor of a local soldier who died while serving in the Middle East.

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1PdQ5Nb ) reports that Elizabeth Van Gundy has launched an online petition asking the district to rename a building in honor of U.S. Army Captain Daniel Whitten, who was killed in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan.

Van Gundy says it would be an honor to rename one of the buildings in the district’s current renovation project, which affects the elementary, middle and high schools.

The district’s building naming policy may present some challenges to Van Gundy’s efforts. A district spokeswoman says buildings can’t be renamed unless its present name is deemed inappropriate.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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