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DeSoto School Board Narrows Search for New Superintendent

DeSoto Parish School Board Members have narrowed the field of candidates in the search for the system’s new Superintendent.

Board members Thursday evening selected the following candidates to be interviewed during a special Board meeting.


  • Clay J. Corley – Network Deputy leader for the Louisiana Department of Education.

    Teaching career began in 1994 at Hornbeck High School in Vernon Parish positions: teaching, coaching. Administrative positions in Many and Florien schools; Director of student services for the Sabine School District and Interim superintendent of schools.  

  • Eddie L. Jones Jr. – Principal of Florien High School in Sabine Parish.

    Classroom teacher, coach and athletic director in 1990 at East Beauregard High School in DeRidder and held other teaching and administrative positions in Many and Florien.

  • Kathy Noel – Interim superintendent and Director of student learning for DeSoto Parish School District.

    Classroom teaching began in 1982 in Natchitoches Parish, and held position as a math education coordinator at Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University and DeSoto Parish School District

The special Board meeting will be held on April 30th  at 6:00 p.m. at DeSoto Parish School Board Instructional Materials Center, 523 Oxford Road, Mansfield, Louisiana. The new Superintendent will be named at the regular Board meeting on May 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Instructional Materials Center.

DeSoto Parish Elementary Schools Compete at Fitness Meet

Students from across all elementary schools in DeSoto Parish gathered at Mansfield High School Stadium to participate in the annual physical fitness meet on April 11, 2018.  Teams from each school consisted of approximately 20 students of both boys and girls.  The meet was one of the most exciting in recent history.


The competition was open to all elementary students who are 11 years old or younger.  The following events occurred at the meet:  fifty-yard dash, pull-ups, shuttle run, standing long jump, curl-ups, 600-yard run, and the sit and reach.  Students had prepared for several months ahead of the competition.  


The purpose of the annual meet is to promote physical activity and wellness throughout the district.  “We realize that physical activity during childhood is linked to better physical and mental health,” said Kathy Noel, Interim Superintendent. “The annual fitness meet is one example of how we promote healthy minds and bodies.”


Results from the meet showed the following: 1st place – North Desoto Upper Elementary, 2nd place – Mansfield Elementary, 3rd place – Stanley, and 4th place – Logansport.  Mr. Mychal Word, event organizer and Mansfield Elementary physical education teacher, stated, “This year’s event showed strong competition between the students with a small margin of victory between the two top teams.  I am proud of each and every one of these students.”


The results for the overall boy’s category are as follows:

    1st Place           Ian White, MMS
    2nd Place         Dequarriyon Howard, MMS

    3rd Place         Jonathen Brewster, NDUE and Antoine Shannon, MMS


The results for the overall girl’s category are as follows:

   1st Place               Carsyn Curtis, NDUE

   2nd Place              Kerison Parker, NDUE

   3rd Place             Aaliyah Brown, MES


Four students that scored highest in the individual boy and girl’s categories will represent DeSoto Parish at the State Elementary Fitness Meet Championship in Baton Rouge on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Every child participating at the state meet will receive a T-shirt, a bag of goodies and a certificate of participation.  The winning parish will receive a billboard in their city and a championship plaque to display at their school board office. A Mr. and Miss Fitness will also be crowned at the state level. The Championship team will be introduced before the Louisiana legislature at a later date and meet the governor.

Graduation Dates 2018

North DeSoto High School- Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 PM- CenturyLink

Mansfield High School- Friday, May 11 at 7:00 PM- Football Field

Logansport High School- Monday, May 14 at 6:30 PM- Football Field

Stanley High School- Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM- Gym

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