Jeff Davis County superintendent resigns

Embattled Jeff Davis County School Superintendent Wayne Fortenberry has resigned.

Fortenberry turned in his letter of resignation to school board President Jesse Holloway Monday night.

Fortenberry and the school board were ordered by the state auditor's office to repay nearly $1.6 million in misspent school funds, but that figure was later reduced to $742,000.

The district had a Monday deadline to respond to the auditor's findings.  State officials say they did respond but wouldn't discuss the details.

State Superintendent Hank Bounds says it's critical to have someone in the position who understands budgeting.

The county superintendent's job is up for election this year, and an interim superintendent could serve until January 2008.