A West Yorkshire comprehensive school is expected to be at the heart of a major row over the way the Coalition Government is funding secondary education at next week's Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool.
Children and staff at Whitcliffe Mount school at Cleckheaton have spent the past two years planning for an £18 million overhaul of its aging building.
It was not to be. Promised funding for the work was one of the first casualties of the incoming Coalition government.
But just 10 minutes drive away a group of parents are expecting to receive an even bigger slice of public money to set up their own "Free School" in the neighbouring suburb of Birkenshaw.
The issue has incensed Kath Pinnock the chairman of the Governors at Whitcliffe Mount.
What is more, as Councillor Pinnock, she is the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Kirklees Council- the local education authority.
She says it is "Robbing Peter to pay Paul".
Councillor Kath Pinnock - "robbing Peter to pay Paul"
For her the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition government are supporting a policy which is unacceptably Conservative.
"It is unfair that a Free school should be built using money which is intended for use by all the schools across Kirklees," she told me when I visited the school to record material for an edition of the Politics Show which will be broadcast from the party conference on Sunday September 19th (BBC 1 at 2.35pm).
"If it goes ahead their school will have new classrooms built here we are told the taxpayer cannot afford to upgrade ours."
She is going to be one of what is expected to be queue of Liberal Democrats lining up at the Liverpool Conference Centre to support a motion for the Coalition Government to abandon "Free schools".
It is not a view shared by the parents planning to set up the free school in neighbouring Birkenshaw.
They say the local education authority is not giving their children the education they deserve.
They intend to go ahead with their plans to demand a chunk of the local education budget to build their school in time to open in September 2012.
They hope to use the site of an existing Middle School at Birkenshaw which is due to close before then.
It is a plan which is unlikely to fail as both David Cameron and Michael Gove are among their supporters.
The soon-to-be Prime Minister and his Education Minister turned up at a protest meeting organised by the parents a couple of weeks before the General Election.
"It will be a local school which open to all our children, " says Lesley Serman of the BBG Parents Alliance set up to create the Free school in the neighbouring suburbs of Birkenshaw, Birstal and Gomersal .
"It will be a much more manageable school than the big anonymous comprehensives which are being offered to our children in other parts of the authority. Our children deserve this opportunity".
Lesley Surman and Councillor Robert Light- Free school is what "their children deserve"
Another local parent has been a big supporter of the call for a Free school.
Robert Light is also the Group leader of the Conservatives on the local council.
"What we are doing here is unique. It is a chance for local people to shape the education of their children for generations to come," he told me.
Back at Whitcliffe Mount, the head teacher John McGee thinks his children also deserve investment in their teaching facilities.
His catchment area is a wide one. It includes some of the suburbs where the families backing the Free school live. It also takes in other, less affluent, areas clustered around the mill towns on the edge of Bradford.
He is proud of the wide range of both academic and vocational courses his school can provide. Recent GCSE results are at a record high.
But the school celebrated its centenary this year and some of its classrooms and science labs were last upgraded in the 1970s.
His disappointment at the loss of the cash promised by the Labour government is hard to hide.
"This engineering workshop is now forty years old" he told me on a tour of the school.
"As you can see it is fairly battered. We need more investment to bring educational space like this into the present day."
Funnily enough, it is not the first time that Whitcliffe Mount has been at the centre of a controversy over which school should be given public money.
It once faced fierce objections from neighbouring communities that it should never be built at all.
But that was a hundred years ago.