School board members questioned the interest despite pleas from administrators to keep it going.
Superintendent Sarah Jerome and Dale Truding, assistant superintendent for student learning, pleaded for reconsideration, asking that it be supported one more year. They said they wanted to work out a program that could include beefing up instruction time and the addition of a dual-language or language immersion programs in multiple languages.
In defense, they cited an interest survey of nearly 1,000 parents showing 87 percent wanted their children to learn a second language in elementary school. About half of all parents said they wanted the instruction to begin in kindergarten or first grade.