ASBURY PARK - The first school in the nation to bear President Barack Obama's name may be forced to shut down.

More than 100 people attended a meeting in Asbury Park at Bradley Elementary School tonight to discuss the matter, but the school board decided to delay ruling on the issue until mid-March.

The school district says closing Barack H. Obama Elementary School would help in reorganizing education and make it better. Right now, the school has more than 400 students. If it was closed, students would be sent to Bradley and Thurgood Marshall elementary schools.

Parents at all of the schools have concerns about shuttling children between schools. They are concerned about quality of education, the neighborhood and loss of community schools.

The board is slated to meet again on March 14, at 7 p.m. The budget deadline is March 23.

School board considers closing Asbury Park school