No one to sign paychecks in Jeff Davis schools

The Jefferson Davis County school district remains in financial distress as a result of the May 1 resignation of its superintendent.

A financial adviser says officials are scrambling to make payroll without signature authority.

She says the retirement of superintendent Wayne Fortenberry left them with no way to get signatures on paychecks or purchase orders.

She said a job-reduction plan designed to bring the district closer to financial health is on hold.

The plan is aimed at reducing some of the district's budget deficit.

The adviser says the district's deficit is now about $760,000.