Tuition charges for secondary school students in public schools shall be governed by the following. [1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW).]
1.Computation of tuition rate.
The tuition rate at a public secondary school shall be the sum of all expenditures divided by the number of students. These
figures shall be determined as follows.
A. Expenditures shall be all expenditures for public secondary education for the period July 1st to June 30th of the year immediately
before the school year for which the tuition charge is computed, except expenditures for:
(1) Special education;
(2) Career and technical education;
(3) Community services;
(4) Major capital outlay;
(5) Debt retirement; and
(6) Tuition and transportation. [1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW); 2005, c. 397, Pt. D, §3 (REV).]
B. The number of students shall be the average number of public secondary pupils enrolled on October 1st and April 1st of the
same year. [1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW).]
C. The figure obtained by using the figures established in paragraphs A and B shall be divided by the average number of secondary
students on October 1st and April 1st of the year immediately prior to the year for which the tuition charge is computed. [1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW).]
D. The tuition rate thus determined shall be adjusted by the average change in public secondary education costs for the 2 years
immediately before the school year for which the tuition charge is computed. This adjustment shall be limited to a 6% increase. [1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW).]
1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW);
2005, c. 397, Pt. D, §3 (REV)
2.Maximum allowable tuition.
The maximum allowable tuition charge by a public secondary school is the rate computed under subsection 1 or the state average
per public secondary student cost as adjusted, whichever is lower. The school board of the sending unit may vote to pay a
higher tuition rate.
1997, c. 266, §10 (AMD)
3.Maine School of Science and Mathematics.
1995, c. 368, Pt. LL, §1 (RP)
4.Debt service factor.
Notwithstanding subsections 1 and 2, beginning with the 1999-2000 school year, a school administrative unit may charge a
debt service factor for newly incurred capital outlay and debt service, as defined in section 1, subsection 19-A. The debt
service factor must be an amount agreed upon by both the sending and receiving units, with the approval of the commissioner,
and may not exceed 10% of a school's legal tuition rate per student in any one year. The debt service factor adjustment must
be limited to a period of time not to exceed the receiving unit's repayment period for newly incurred capital outlay and debt
service. The percentage of the debt service factor must be proportional to the cost of the project and the number of tuition
1997, c. 787, §5 (NEW)
5. (TEXT REPEALED 7/1/14) (TEXT EFFECTIVE UNTIL 7/1/14) Online learning program.
Tuition for students in an online learning program who reside, and whose parents reside, outside the State is not subject
to the limitations of this section.
This subsection is repealed July 1, 2014.
2011, c. 353, §2 (NEW)
1981, c. 693, §§5,8 (NEW).
1993, c. 706, §A3 (AMD).
1995, c. 368, §LL1 (AMD).
1997, c. 266, §10 (AMD).
1997, c. 787, §5 (AMD).
2005, c. 397, §D3 (REV).
2011, c. 353, §2 (AMD).
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