Administrative Staff Development 2019

"Everything comes down to leadership."

     DeSoto Central High School was the setting for Administrative Staff Development, an event that marks the beginning of a new school year.

     The theme of the meeting was “Everything Comes Down to Leadership,” a quote from Essential Truths for Principals by Danny Steele and Todd Whitaker.  Administrators read this book during the summer.

     Superintendent Cory Uselton opened the meeting with the district address, recapping significant academic and athletic accomplishments of the district of the past year, and challenging leaders to “Raise the Bar” in the 2019-2020 school year. 

     Fifteen minute concurrent sessions soon got underway where administrators were updated on finance, nutrition, federal programs, English learner policies, human resource subjects, athletics, technology, safety and security, testing, discipline, records management, guidelines for purchasing, ways to conserve energy, and positive behavior techniques.

Supt. Cory Uselton used Todd Whitaker’s quote on what great leaders do.  “Leaders come to work each day to remove barriers for our teachers. They strive to create a safe school environment for students.  They commit to leading a school where teachers want to work, and students want to learn.  They create a vision for our school community that encourages students to dream big and ensures teachers can help students achieve those dreams.”

Chief Operations Officer Rob Chase and Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations Keith Williams  

Hernando High Principal Duane Case and Lewisburg High Principal Chris Fleming

Executive Director of Elementary Education Amanda Samples

DeSoto Central Elementary Principal Lisa Nye and Asst. Principal Lindsey Millbrooks

Amber Melton, Monika Newson, and DCAC Asst. Principal Tyrone Hall

SOES Asst. Principal Tiffany Ketchum, SOES Principal Michaela Smith, and LCHS Principal Conell Phillips, Jr.

The DeSoto County Association of Educators had a snack table for DCS administrators.

SHS Asst. Principal Jeremy Russell and LCMS Principal Brad Meadows

School Board Members, from left, Michele Henley, Shelia Riley, Sarah Doss-Thomas, and Ann Jolley

SHS Principal Shane Jones and SMS Principal John Sartain