State to take control of Jeff Davis schools

The state Department of Education is primed to take over the Jeff Davis County school district.

The state board is expected to adopt the emergency declaration at next week's board meeting, then submit it to the governor for his okay.

The local school board earlier this week petitioned the state to appoint a conservator.  The state appointed an acting superintendent last week after superintendent Wayne Forternberry retired.

The district has been plagued with financial problems for the last few years, problems uncovered by a state audit.

The state Commission on Accreditation approved the conservatorship Thursday. That will now be passed on to the state Board of Education.

A Department of Education spokesman called the Jeff Davis request for help a bold move indicating officials want to do whatever it takes to get the school district back on solid ground.