Violence, overcrowding, poor performance problems at Asbury Park Middle School

Violence, overcrowding and poor performance are just some of the problems plaguing Asbury Park Middle School.

The principal sent a letter home to parents last month informing them the school, located on Bangs Avenue, is now categorized as a school in need of improvement. The state Department of Education put the school in that category because of poor scores on the grade eight proficiency test.

According to the letter, parents have the option to request a transfer to a higher performing school in the district. However, officials say class sizes are limited and every school in the district is in the same category. The president of the P.T.O. says these issues might be overcome if more parents get involved in school programs.

The Asbury Park School Superintendent was not available for comments.

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