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Superintendent Message 12.17.18
Posted 12/18/18

December 17, 2018

Dear DeSoto Parish Schools Family,

As we are just days away from Christmas, I want to thank each of you for what you do for the school district, but more importantly, what you do for the DeSoto Parish Schools Community. We truly live and work in a great community – there are few places left in Louisiana and the United States where families are fortunate enough to live in a place that values family, friends, education and its community.

Our schools finished the fall semester strong by completing proficiency tests and End of Course exams. But just as important, many of our students participated in Christmas events such as plays and performances, volunteering at local nursing homes and homeless shelters and giving back to the community in many ways. This is what makes our community so great – helping neighbors in need and giving back to those who are less fortunate. What makes it even more genuine is the look of pride on the faces of our students as they volunteer or perform on stage in front of their classmates, parents, grandparents and friends.

We truly live in a great community. Each day, you see people throughout the parish and the school district giving back to the community and helping people in need.

The mission of DeSoto Parish Schools is to care for our students, ensure their learning, and celebrate their graduation as citizens prepared to transform their dreams into realities. Though student achievement plays a primary role in the district realizing this mission, community service is also important. We must continue to think more about others and less about ourselves. The more we think about the greater good and less about ourselves, the stronger we become collectively. With so many difficult events happening around the world, it is the perfect year to think about helping others. We become better individually through service. As we look to 2019, let’s work together even more and make our community even better, stronger and greater.


Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Superintendent. I continue to tell everyone across Louisiana, I have the best job, in the best place in the state. On behalf of the DeSoto Parish School Board and the entire DeSoto Parish Schools family, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please have a safe and relaxing holiday break and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.

For Students’ Sake,

Clay J. Corley