A head teacher is being paid £60,000 a year to run a school that has not yet been built in a town with no pupils.Whoops!
Susan Vint was hired last month to take charge of Lakeview Lower School in the new town development of The Wixams, three miles south of Bedford. Because of planning delays and the economic crisis, however, only a handful of houses have been built on the 750-acre site and only three people have moved in.They’d better get breedin’ double-quick!
Matthew Sinclair, research director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It is absolutely outrageous. This headmistress should never have been hired when there wasn’t a school for her to run.”Oh, that’s such an old fashioned way of looking at things! Haven’t we got away from all that hackneyed ‘supply/demand’ paradigm…?
Critics said that Bedfordshire council had yet to tender for a company to build the school, and it would not open until late 2010.Reached for comment, a council spokesman said: “So what…? It’s not coming out of our own pockets, is it? The taxpayer’s buying…!”
No, actually, he didn’t, but it was certainly the subtext. The council are still denying reality:
However, the council insists that Mrs Vint would welcome new pupils in September.Where…? In her living room?