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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.

Schools in DeSoto Parish Receive “Top Gains” Label

During the most recent release of Statewide School Performance Scores, three DeSoto Parish schools received the honor of being labeled “Top Gains” schools by the State of Louisiana’s Department of Education.  The schools earning this label are Mansfield Elementary, North DeSoto Lower Elementary, and North DeSoto Upper Elementary. 


The three schools earned the label of “Top Gains” by growing over 10 performance points from the previous year and not being in any level of needed school improvement.  School Performance Scores are recorded on a scale of 1 to 150.   “DeSoto Parish schools continue to be at the top of the scale in every aspect of school performance,” said Kathy Noel, Interim Superintendent, “these schools are models for continuing to put student achievement as a number one priority.”


Mansfield Elementary experienced significant gains in student achievement by adding 17 points to the previous school performance score.  The school’s previous performance score was 56.9 compared to the most current score of 73.9.  With Mansfield Elementary outpacing the district and state in growth, Principal Malekah Morgan states, “our school’s growth is directly attributed to mastery of skills in each content area and teachers’ commitment to continuing efforts to increase student achievement.”


North DeSoto Lower Elementary and North DeSoto Upper Elementary are paired at the state level for receiving a school performance score.  Both schools grew from a score of 91.4 to 102.9 for a total of 11.5 points.  Bridget Flanders, Principal of North DeSoto Lower Elementary attributes the growth to “a daily commitment of students and teachers along with the support of our parents and community.”  “Any improvement in school performance is directly related to faculty and staff intently focusing on the individual needs of all students,” said Brandon Burback, Principal of North DeSoto Upper Elementary, “We believe we can all achieve”


“Top Gains” schools are one example of academic excellence in the DeSoto Parish School System.   DeSoto Parish is an “A” rated school district and is ranked 9th out of Louisiana’s 70 school systems.


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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May 22-Last day of spring semester for students.

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