The Jefferson Davis County School District
has cut 47 jobs and saved $1.6 million so far in a restructuring
program begun this spring, officials have told the state Board of
The system has 2,100 students at five schools.
Bob Strebeck, the system's conservator appointed by the Board of
Education, said Friday that eliminated positions included teachers,
assistant teachers, maintenance staff, bus staff and others.
Strebeck said no more staffing cuts will be made for the 2007-08
Jefferson Davis schools has been coping with financial woes
since a state investigation found the district had a budget deficit
of about $700,000 and had misspent $1.8 million in 16th Section
school land funds. The district's superintendent resigned at the
end of April, and the Commission on School Accreditation downgraded
the district's status to "advisory," requiring the district to
develop a plan to fix its problems.
"It certainly makes the budget more doable," Strebeck said.
"When I came on board, we looked at every position."
On Friday, the state board unanimously approved Strebeck's
contract to work in the district from July 1 to Jan. 31 for
$98,000. His current contract, worth $17,500, started in mid-May
when he was appointed conservator.
Although the district will elect a superintendent in November,
Strebeck will not leave until the state decides the district's
issues have been corrected, members of the state board said Friday.
In coming months, Strebeck said he will work on a plan to get