[Text of section effective until July 1 preceding the opening of the Essex North Shore agricultural and technical school. Repealed by 2004, 463, Sec. 1. See 2004, 463, Sec. 18 as amended by 2010, 130, Sec. 7.]
Section 4. The primary purpose of a school is to prepare students for occupations or additional education related to agriculture, agriscience, agribusiness, the care and management of animals, horticulture, forestry and environmental science. While a school may offer other forms of vocational-technical education, as defined in section 1 of chapter 74, every school shall avoid duplication of programs offered in vocational schools located within a 20-mile radius of the school. In fulfilling its purpose, a school shall not give any preference for admission to students on the basis of residence in the particular geographical area previously known as the county within which the school was located. A school shall admit students in accordance with an admissions plan approved by the commissioner of education.