PRESTONSBURG — The former director of the David School has until Jan. 31 to submit a signed deed to the school, or else face jail time and fines, following a hearing Friday in Floyd Circuit Court.
Former Director Danny Greene was ordered Dec. 21 to sign a deed for property he sold to the school in 2005. The school had sought to force Greene to sign the deed, after it was discovered that only one of two deeds to the property had been properly executed.
The order forcing Greene to sign the deed had mandated that it be “executed” by Jan. 10, so that school could meet a Jan. 18 closing date with a potential buyer of the property. However, the order did not mention actually delivering the deed to the school.
Instead, Greene submitted a document to the court Jan. 4, saying he and his wife had signed the deed and were “ready, willing and able to deliver this Deed of Conveyance to the David School.”
On Friday, Judge Johnny Ray Harris issued a second order which seemed to indicate he was not amused.
In his latest order, Harris said that, by signing but not delivering the deed to the David School, Greene and his wife, Anne, were “thus thwarting the purpose of the court, as reflected in the Dec. 21, 2012, order.” He further ordered Greene to produce the document within 10 days, or else appear in court Feb. 1 “to show cause why he should not be held in civil contempt and face incarceration and/or fines for failing to comply with this order and the order entered on Dec. 21, 2012.”
The deed was only one issue addressed in the Dec. 21 order. During a hearing on that date, the school had also sought to have Greene pay for questionable credit card expenditures, including numerous car rentals and a single purchase from an Arkansas sex shop, as well as nearly $34,000 in tax indebtedness dating back to his tenure at the school. In the order, Greene was given until Jan. 10 to respond to those requests.
In his Jan. 4 filing, Greene did not respond to the requests for reimbursement, instead requesting more time to file a response, because he had been “unable to obtain legal representation in time to file a responsive pleading by Jan. 10,” due to his residence in the state of Texas.
Harris removed Greene as the school’s director last year, after the state Attorney General’s Office accused him of questionable spending.