State may seize Jeff Davis schools soon

The state Department of Education may be nearing a possible takeover of the Jeff Davis County school district this week, 7 ON YOUR SIDE has learned.

That word comes just a day after state officials summoned members of the school board to Jackson. Just weeks ago, the state auditor's office found board members liable for the district's $1.8 million deficit. Its investigation found that board members borrowed the money from 16th Section land funds and misused it.

7 ON YOUR SIDE has also learned that assistant superintendent C. Roy Jefferson and business manager Penny Thompson are no longer employed with the district.

Phone calls to board members and Superintendent Wayne Fortenberry were unreturned.