ROOLE SCHOOL CRISIS.|1907-12-18|The Chester Courant and Advertiser for North Wales - Welsh Newspapers Online
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ROOLE SCHOOL CRISIS.

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ROOLE SCHOOL CRISIS. The Cheshire Education Committee, who arc badly infected with the building mania, seem to take a positive delight in setting various localities by the ears and exasperating them with expensive school building echemee. Hoole is tho latent victim singled out for this scourge, and unletss the ratepayers make their voices beard, they will be burdened with an under- taking which is bound to be a costly white elephant. Hoole ie admittedly short of some school accommodation, but the deficiency could be provided in an inexpensive way by the erection of an infants' school adjoining the present Westminster School, to accommodate three hundred scholars, and at a cost of between £ 2,000 and £ 3,000. Instead of taking this reasonable course, the county authority insist upon the building of a Council school, to cost some £ 5,500. At the preceding meeting of the Hoole Council Mr. Wallace had tho temerity to liken the Westminster School to a dungeon or a gaol, and on Monday evening he adhered to the former description, calling to witness a report by a Government Inspector. What may be the ideals of a Government Inspector we know not, but we have abundant testimony that the school is an excellent building and in every way suitable for its purpose. Mr. Crowder stated that the teachers working in it had informed him that they could not wish to serve in a better school, and they utterly repudiated Mr. Wallace's description of it. Mr. Crowder him- self has examined the building, and as a practical builder he says it is perfection. On a matter of this kind we prefer to take the judgment of a builder to that of a Government Inspector, who may entertain ideas of palatial architecture for echool purposes. It is all very well for inape-etom to pick holes in school buildings; but the people who have to find the money for their erection and maintenance think twice before committing themselves to costly building schemes. Tho Council, we aro glad to see, passed a resolution, instructing their representatives on the Education Sub-committee to make a further representation to that authority, with a view to a mora economical scheme. This course, it is important to note, was resisted tooth and nail by the Radical members of the Council. We are giving this dispute considerable publicity, not because it is, as some people might infer, a small, parochial concern, but because it ie typical of the policy pursued by a certain section of the County Education Committee in many quarters of Cheshire. We have had the eame polioy exemplified at Heswall, at Neston, at Inoe, and now we find the autocratic County Education Committee seeking to impose upon the Hoole ratepayers a new school twice as big and twice as dear as the necessities of the case demand. Significantly enough, this programme of extrava- ganoo has been promoted throughout by the Radical party, led by Dr. Hodgson, and the smaller fry of the Radical party in Hoole have been suffioiently stupid to follow the lead of Dr. Hodgson. For better or for worse, the Radical party are branded with extravagance, and they actually en- deavour to justify their attitude on merely sentimental grounds. It is time the ratepayers rose in rebellion against their taskmasters. It has taken the public some time to appreciate the true position, of affairs, but a steadily rieing rate 13arometer has do-no much to re- mcvo the scales from their eyes. Tho pocket is perhaps the most sonsi-tive part of an Eng- lisfhman, and there is evidence that he is be- ginning to feel the pinoh. Cbunty council and municipal elections have indicated a strong re- vulsion of feeling against the reckless expendi- ture of the Radicals or so-mlled, Progressives. The best plan which can be adopted by rate- payers threatened, as Hoole is., by extortionate demands upon their purt-es for unnecessarily laxge schools is to hold indignation meetings and protest with all their strength against the proposed imposition. Another ieimedy, but a tardier one, is to dismiss tho representatives who have been responsible for all this waste of publio money whether on county or district oouncils. .A.

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