LITTLE ROCK — The state Board of Education on Monday granted requests from two conversion charter schools, one seeking to expand and the other seeking to close.

The board unanimously approved a request from the Paragould School District to raise the enrollment cap of the Oak Grove Elementary Health, Wellness and Environmental Science Charter School, which the district operates.

The cap will increase from 435 to 487. The school will continue to serve students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

School officials said the district has three elementary schools, and parents are choosing to send their children to the charter school as opposed to the two traditional schools because of its unique approach.

“We started with a very unique idea as far as our approach to educating students, that the whole child was important, that it was more than just math and literacy,” said Oak Grove Elementary School Principal Nick Jankoviak. “Though math and literacy are extremely important, the physical, mental, emotional, all of it played into working with students and developing the whole child.”

The board also unanimously approved a request from the Lincoln Consolidated School District to surrender the charter of its conversion charter school, the Lincoln Center of Academic Excellence, which serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Superintendent Clay Hendrix said the school’s charter, first approved in 2009, set an enrollment cap of 300 students, but the school never achieved that level of enrollment and had only 25 students registered for the fall semester.

“With those numbers we are unable to meet some standards,” including offering all of the required subjects, Hendrix said.

He also said the district’s high school has implemented the New Tech program, which emphasizes instruction in science, technology, engineering and math, and said excitement about that school has drawn students away from the charter school.