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DeSoto Independent School District, Texas
|DeSoto Independent School District|
|Superintendent:||David C. Harris|
|Number of schools:||13|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Warren Seay, Jr.|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in DeSoto Independent School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtDeSoto, a city located in Dallas County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, DeSoto is home to 51,102 residents.
DeSoto outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.1% of DeSoto residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.3% for Texas as a whole. The median household income in DeSoto was $58,957 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in DeSoto was 9.8% compared to 17.4% for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The superintendent of DeSoto Independent School District is David C. Harris as of April 9, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Harris previously worked as a teacher, coach and principal with Beaumont Independent School District. He earns an annual salary of $180,000 as well as a car allowance and retirement plan.
The DeSoto Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.
|DeSoto Board of Trustees|
|Carl Sherman, Jr.||1||2016|
|Warren Seay, Jr.||6||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election on May 10, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and two seats will be up for election in May 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2004:
Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.
No presentation shall exceed five minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
—DeSoto Independent School District's website, (2014), 
DeSoto Independent School District publishes annual budgets on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at DeSoto Independent School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Median salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in DeSoto Independent School District
DeSoto Independent School District operates 13 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|DeSoto Independent School District|
|Alternative Education Program|
|Amber Terrace Elementary School|
|Cockrell Hill Elementary School|
|DeSoto Freshman Campus|
|DeSoto High School|
|East Middle School|
|Frank D. Moates Elementary School|
|McCowan Middle School|
|Northside Elementary School|
|Ruby Young Elementary School|
|The Meadows Elementary School|
|West Middle School|
|Woodridge Elementary School|
The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:
- Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
- Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
- Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
- Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.
DeSoto Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 81% of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||624||1,000||62||55|
- List of school districts in Texas
- DeSoto Independent School District elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- DeSoto Independent School District
- DeSoto, Texas
- Texas Education Agency
- Texas Association of School Boards
- Texas Education Agency, "2012-2013 District Performance," accessed April 10, 2014
- DeSoto Independent School District, "History of DeSoto ISD," accessed April 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "DeSoto, Texas," accessed March 19, 2014
- Dallas County Elections, "Historical Election Results," accessed March 19, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- DeSoto Independent School District, "Superintendent Dr. David Harris," accessed April 9, 2014
- DeSoto Independent School District, "Eligibility/Qualifications," September 27, 2011
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- DeSoto Independent School District, "Public Participation," July 22, 2004
- DeSoto Independent School District, "2012-2013 Adopted Budget," accessed November 29, 2013
- DeSoto Independent School District, "2013-2014 Base Salary Structure," accessed April 9, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- DeSoto Independent School District, "Schools," accessed April 10, 2014
- Texas Education Agency, "Accountability Summary 2013: DeSoto ISD," accessed April 8, 2014