A Holiday Message

From Clay J. Corley, Superintendent of Schools

As we step away for a few weeks to celebrate the holidays, I want to thank each of you for what you do for our school system, 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 this world where the values of family, faith, education, and community are held in high regard.

Once again, our students and staff distinguished themselves in the classroom, as evidenced by our “A” rating and #6 state ranking. But just as important, so many of our students participated in plays and performances, volunteered at local nursing homes and other community events, and gave back to the community in many different 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 going above and beyond to help those 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 fulfilling this mission, community service is also important. We must continue to think more about others and less about ourselves. The more we focus on the greater good and less about ourselves, the stronger we become collectively. With so much tragedy happening around the world, it is the perfect year to think about helping others. As we look to 2023, 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. Serving alongside each of you continues to be the honor and privilege of my life. On behalf of our 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. I look forward to seeing you in 2023.


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