The David School got a clean bill of health this week, along with a sense of renewal.
Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris agreed to dismiss a lawsuit against the school brought by the state Attorney General’s Office.
The AG’s office, acting on reports of rampant financial mismanagement, sought to dissolve the school. But after removing the school’s founding director, Danny Greene, from any future involvement with the school, the state agreed to drop the case.
That is good news, because it allows a school that has done so much good for Floyd County to continue doing so.
No one ever doubted that the purpose of the school was necessary and noble. Now, by removing the stigma that had begun to cloud the school, there is no reason why it should not be allowed to continue to fulfill its mission.
And there is no reason why the school should not receive support from the community. Those affiliated with the school say fundraising had slowed to a trickle, which along with the financial mismanagement, resulted in the school doing away with its lunch program and dropping employee health insurance without warning at the end of the last school year.
Certainly, it is understandable that those who have generously supported the school in the past chose hold back on additional donations, when it was uncertain that their money would go toward the purpose intended. But now that the state and Judge Harris have both agreed that the school is being run properly, it would not be understandable for those same donors to continue to withhold money.
The David School is well on track to reopen on time this year, and it needs public support now more than ever. We see no reason why the public should not return to its previous level of support.
— The Floyd County Times