OTIS — Tuition to the Beech Hill School was a hot topic at the annual Town Meeting Saturday morning in the school’s gym.
At issue were Mariaville students who attend Beech Hill. Mariaville is part of Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24), while Otis has its own school department.
The RSU pays the Otis School Department $6,631.68 per Mariaville student at Beech Hill.
The Otis School Department is entitled to charge a nonresident tuition rate equal to its state-calculated per-pupil cost, which is $8,400 this year.
The RSU is paying the lower rate because that is its state-set per-pupil operating cost. The Otis School Department and RSU 24 school boards reached an agreement to accept students at the RSU’s rate a couple of years ago.
Otis Superintendent Judy Lucarelli said Otis’s per-pupil rate would be higher without the Mariaville students and that Otis School Department officials were concerned that “if we demanded the money this year, we’d lose the kids.”