New Vegas school to be named after deceased state legislator

January 11, 2020 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The naming of a new Las Vegas elementary school set to open in the fall will be the latest honor for Tyrone Thompson, a Democratic Nevada state assemblyman from North Las Vegas who died May 4 at age 51.

The Clark County School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to approve naming the school after Thompson, a longtime advocate for education and programs for children.

Thompson represented a swath of North Las Vegas in Clark County.

Thompson joined the Assembly in 2013, and he served as chair of the education committee during the 2017 and 2019 sessions.

He was in his third term when he died unexpectedly after falling ill.

Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered flags at the State Capitol and state public buildings and grounds lowered to half-staff to honor Thompson on May 7.

The College of Southern Nevada in November named the student union of its North Las Vegas campus after him.