Low Enrollment Causes Barack H. Obama Elementary School Closure

Barack H. Obama Elementary to close

Rachel Rose Hartman|Yahoo!News

The Barack H. Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park, N.J. will be shuttered this summer, largely due to low enrollment, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Bruce N. Rodman, the official who oversees the district’s finances, determined that it was necessary for one of the district’s elementary schools to close and the Obama school’s enrollment had dropped 35 percent in the past 10 years, the newspaper reports.

The Bangs Avenue School elected in 2010 to change its name to Barack H. Obama Elementary.

At the time that the school acquired its new name, administrators took a lot of flak for ostensibly focusing on the name change instead of the plight of its students. But the city resident behind the movement, Myra Campbell, believed it would “send a subliminal message” to the students.

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And if that wasn’t bad enough, by all indications Obama’s popularity appears to waning among schools across the nation as the White House is on a PR campaign to garner applications for upcoming graduation commencement ceremonies with the President as the notable speaker. However the line is short.

WH memo notes shortage of applicants for Obama to speak at graduation

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The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.

An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline.

The competition was extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline. CBS News has learned a White House Communications Office internal memo dated February 22 noted “a major issue with the Commencement Challenge.”

The president will travel to the school that is judged to best prepare students for college and careers. The competition is part of Mr. Obama’s ultimate goal of making the U.S. the country with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.