The Beaufort County school board denied a request for fifth-grade classes to return to Lady's Island Elementary School.
The parents met Thursday with the school board to discuss the idea. Members of the School Improvement Council voted last month to recommend the board consider the change for the 2014-15 school year, but some parents insisted it happen this fall.
The board voted 3-7, with Jim Beckert, Geri Kinton and JoAnn Orischak in favor and the rest opposed to making the change for next school year.
District and school officials said it is too late in the year to make such a change. The board has yet to decide whether to add fifth-grade classes for the 2014-15 school year.
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The school board restructured Lady's Island Intermediate and Middle School and three nearby elementary schools in 2008 to boost math and science instruction and balance lopsided school enrollments. The parents, though, worry about their students losing the option to continue the arts-infused education they received at Lady's Island Elementary.
Beaufort Middle School also offers an arts-focused curriculum, but it doesn't begin until sixth grade.