The DeSoto County School District is the largest school district in the state of Mississippi with more than 34,000 students. DeSoto County Schools has been recognized as one of the top school districts in Mississippi. In the most recent accountability report, DeSoto County Schools again were given an “A” grade as a district and a number of district schools were ranked among the best in the state.
Evaluating the superintendent and hiring the superintendent, approving and monitoring the budget, helping set salaries, approving purchases, establishing district policies, adopting the school calendar, making sure local policies and comply with all state and federal laws and regulations. Building and closing schools where needed, establishing a district vision, goals and monitoring progress, assess board effectiveness and approve personnel actions based on the superintendent’s recommendations. Board members in the DeSoto County School District serve a six-year term that is staggered so no more than two board members are up for election at any one time.
In order for a person to be eligible to hold the office of Board of Education member, that candidate must be a bona fide resident and qualified voter of the school district and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. The candidate is required to complete a basic course of training and education and file annually a certificate of completion of a course in continuing education conducted by the Mississippi School Boards Association. Board members cannot have a spouse working for the district while they are on the Board of Education.