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Donations helping private school to keep its doors open

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

DAVID, Ky. (WYMT) - A Floyd County school at the center of an investigation last year is now rebounding from an unsure future.

It is the season of giving, and at the David School in Floyd County they are seeing exactly what that means.

"The founding director unfortunately almost ran the school into the ground, and we had times last year where we just didn't know how we were going to make it through the next few weeks," said David School Principal Diantha Daniels.

Former David School Director Danny Greene was the target of an investigation last year, accused of draining school funds for personal use.

For a private school that lives solely on donations, that meant they were in trouble.

"When we took over the finances for the school we were very much in debt. They were literally turning off the electricity at the school and there were real questions on if the school would stay open," said the school's Vice Chairman Ned Pillersdorf.

Officials on the board for the school say about a year and a half ago the school was in danger of going under, and that presented an extra problem because the deed for the school says that if it ever ceases to be used as a school the board could lose it.

Then the school launched into survival mode making its needs known, and in return recently received more than $100,000 from donors.

"I've got six kids who are graduating this year. Almost without exception these are students who probably would not have made it through high school if it weren't for the David School, so when we are at our most tired that's what keeps us going," said Daniels.

The money is being used to fix the heat which they have been without and restock the pantry to feed its 25 students among paying for bills and other things.

It is money school officials say is giving them a sigh of relief, at least for now.

The David School is also holding a fundraiser at the Brickhouse in Prestsonburg on December 18 at 6:00 p.m.

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