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The DeSoto County Board of Education has been recognized with three awards from the Mississippi School Boards Association. They are: Diploma Circle, for work in school governance skills; the Board of Merit, for continuing education training; and the Red Apple Attendance Award, for attending …

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You might assume from looking at him that this man is an athlete – a ball player, wrestler or a boxer perhaps – and, in a way, you'd be right.  He is definitely a fighter, but his adversary is not in the ring. 

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When the City of Olive Branch recently put forward its plans to annex into the city areas of Center Hill, Pleasant Hill, Bridgetown, Lewisburg and Cedar View communities that are in the unincorporated parts of DeSoto County, not everyone seemed excited about the idea.

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Students in an information technology class at the Career Tech-West campus in Horn Lake work on wiring a computer desktop unit Wednesday morning. Business leaders from DeSoto County were introduced to the programs and encouraged to partner with both the West and East campuses of the DeSoto C…

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U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith was poised to make history as the first woman duly elected to the U.S. Senate from Mississippi following election returns statewide in Tuesday night's runoff against Democratic challenger Mike Espy.

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Mississippi First District Congressman Trent Kelly (R) led a bipartisan delegation to the Middle East where members served Thanksgiving Day lunch to servicemen and women stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.  More than 4,000 members of the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Nationa…

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Shoppers were seen walking up and down the Tanger Outlets Friday morning, looking to take advantage of Black Friday specials. The first day of the Christmas shopping season after Thanksgiving saw many out looking for bargains that actually had started to be offered Thanksgiving evening.

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Two people died when a tour bus with 46 passengers on board overturned on an icy stretch at Interstate 269 and U.S. Hwy. 78 around midday on Wednesday, according to DeSoto County authorities.

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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith touched off a firestorm with comments made at a campaign stop in Tupelo two weeks ago which have just now surfaced that referenced a quote regarding that she would attend "a public hanging" if invited by a particular cattle rancher friend.

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The story of "Cinderella" who was abused by a wicked stepmother and cruel stepsisters — some might say Disney's version of domestic violence — had a happy ending.

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Polls are open across DeSoto County from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. today as voters trek to the polls to choose county court, circuit, state Court of Appeals and chancery judgeships along with choosing two U.S. Senators, including candidates vying in a special election to fill the seat of former U.…

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These bags contain some of the 216.5 pounds of old prescription drugs collected Saturday during a National DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day event held in cooperation with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department. This program allows people to drop off old prescriptions without question or d…

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With a crowd of more than 700 gathered underneath a highway overpass on a chilly, blustery morning, the final completed segment of the nation's newest superhighway, I-269, was opened to the public amid fanfare and soaring speeches.

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The 2018 Ann Brown Ashcraft Memorial Project undertaken by the Horn Lake Mayor's Youth Council is aimed at helping open up whole new worlds and sparking the imaginations of critically ill children at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

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DESOTO COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION

FACTS & HISTORY

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

REQUIREMENTS

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.

DISTRICT 3 BOARD OF EDUCATION

Consisting of Walls, Lake Cormorant, western Horn Lake, and extreme western Southaven.

CANDIDATES

Ann Jolley

Education

  • Jolley attended secretarial school following graduation from Towson High School in Towson, Md.

Career

  • Jolley was first elected to the Board of Education in 1988. In November 2017, Jolley was named state Board Member of the Year by the Mississippi School Boards Association.

Phone: 662-781-1169

Dr. Bacardi Mayfield-Harris

Education

  • Union University – Doctor of Administration and Supervision K-12 degree
  • Christian Brothers University – Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree
  • Alcorn State University – Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology degree

Career

  • Regional Technical Assistance Director
  • Education Consultant
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Curriculum Director
  • Assessment Director
  • Alternative School Director
  • Lead Teacher, Math Teacher

Contact: DrBMHarris4DCSBD3@gmail.com

Phone: 901-626-5819

Facebook: DrBacardiHarris

DISTRICT 4 BOARD OF EDUCATION

Consisting of portions of southwest DeSoto County, Hernando west and rural DeSoto County west of Hernando, also the eastern section of Horn Lake and a portion of Southaven.

CANDIDATES

Sheila Riley

Education

  • Riley graduated from Hernando High School, attended Northwest Mississippi Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Career

  • Riley has 26 years’ experience working in the DeSoto County School District. She served at Hernando Middle School as a Title 1 Instructional Assistant in reading and math for seventh and eighth grades.
  • Riley next worked in Personnel and Professional Development with the district’s Central Services office. Mrs. Riley assisted in the development of the Continuing Educational Program for district teachers. She is a retired member of the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals and a "Who's Who Historical Society Inductee for Achievements in Professional Management."
  • Riley was first elected to the Board of Education in 2012.

Phone: 662-449-7123

Jeny Black Price

Education

  • Graduate of Horn Lake High School.
  • Attended Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Received National Tactical Training, specializing in Suicide Prevention
  • International certifications to teach police communication
  • Certificate for Tactical Dispatch Communication

Career

  • Title I Teacher at Horn Lake Elementary School
  • Horn Lake Police Department – Administrative Assistant
  • Named Civilian Employee of the Year
  • DeSoto County Schools Parent of the Year – 2018
  • Founded the Lake Cormorant Middle School Booster Club

Facebook: jenyblackpriceforboardofeducation

Phone: 901-288-7331

Elsie Geanes Miller

Education

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Career

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