CHARLOTTE, AR (KAIT) - The Cedar Ridge School Board voted unanimously to relocate the sixth-graders from Cord-Charlotte Elementary School to Newark Middle School, but that decision has some residents in Cord and Charlotte concerned.
Currently, there are seven students who are enrolled in fifth-grade and eight enrolled in sixth-grade at Cord-Charlotte.
With the low numbers, Cedar Ridge officials combined the two grades together.
Vickey Gann-Whited, who has a grandson attending Cord-Charlotte, said she feels manipulated by the school board through the recent change. She believes moving the sixth-grade to Newark will cause the entire elementary school to close.
"I think it's been planned this whole time," Gann-Whited said. "Our belief is that they know that once we lose our sixth-grade class that we would most likely not have the numbers to keep our school. He's had the best accommodations here and it's not about the accommodations. It's about trusting someone with your child. These people are like family."
The move of the sixth-grade to Newark Middle School will go into effect in the fall.
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