This spring, the Holbrook Annual Town Meeting was divided over whether to continue paying tuition to Aggie for the 18 Holbrook students attending. But a motion to un-fund the $33,337 tuition payment was solidly defeated, citing a concern the students would not be allowed to attend the agricultural school in the fall.
Norfolk Aggie’s position was that legislation passed by Beacon Hill in 1991 allowed the school to charge an in-county tuition fee, and the school chose to charge a fee of $2,000 per student in 2011. Holbrook’s tuition per student for the 2014-2015 school was $21,094, not including the additional fee.
Under the state law, the sum of the in-county tuition fee cannot exceed the difference between the cost the school incurs per student and the tuition rate charged to the town.
The settlement ends a difference in opinion over a piece of Beacon Hill legislation once dubbed “a little murky” by Gordon.
Holbrook and other Norfolk County communities with students at the school disputed the assessment. Other communities with students at Norfolk Aggie also withheld payments for a while, but, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, only Holbrook refused to pay, citing questions about how the tuition was calculated.