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DeSoto Independent School District, Texas

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DeSoto Independent School District
DeSoto, Texas
DeSoto ISD logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:David C. Harris
Graduation rate:81.4%[1]
Number of schools:13
Budget: $79.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Warren Seay, Jr.
Board members:7
Term length:3
DeSoto Independent School District is a school district in Texas. DeSoto residents created the first common school in 1860 and a new school was built in 1917 where the district's current headquarters is located.[2]The district's graduation rate increased from 79.7% in 2011 to 81.4% in 2012.[1]

About the district

DeSoto Independent School District is located in Dallas County, Texas
DeSoto Independent School District is located in DeSoto, a city located in Dallas County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, DeSoto is home to 51,102 residents.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race DeSoto (%) Texas (%)
White 23.2 70.4
Black or African American 68.6 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 0.9 3.8
Two or More Races 1.9 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 12.1 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 57.1 41.6
2008 57.1 41.8
2004 48.9 50.3
2000 44.8 52.5

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.[5] 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.[6]

School board

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.[7]

DeSoto Board of Trustees
Member Place Term Ends
Carl Sherman, Jr. 1 2016
Vandous Stripling 2 2016
Kenzie Moore 3 2014
Curt Krohn 4 2014
Aubrey Hooper 5 2014
Warren Seay, Jr. 6 2015
Donald Grant 7 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.

At regular meetings the Board shall allot up to one hour to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak.

No presentation shall exceed five minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.

Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.


—DeSoto Independent School District's website, (2014), [9]


DeSoto Independent School District publishes annual budgets on its website.[10]

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
2012-2013 $42,143,859 52.9% $12,627,600 15.9% $10,348,371 13% $13,058,106 16.4% $1,484,037 1.9% $79,661,973
Averages: $42,143,859 53% $12,627,600 16% $10,348,371 13% $13,058,106 16% $1,484,037 2% $79,661,973

Teacher salaries

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:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 44,272 49,552 59,546
MA 45,272 50,552 60,546
Ph.D. 46,272 51,552 61,546

Schools in DeSoto Independent School District


The district's K-12 enrollment declined from 9,184 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 8,884 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1][12]

District schools

DeSoto Independent School District operates 13 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

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

Academic performance

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:[14]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 13,488 20,644 65 50
Student Progress 846 3,200 26 21
Closing Performance Gaps 624 1,000 62 55
Postsecondary Readiness 735.9 900 82 75

Contact information

DeSoto ISD logo.jpg
DeSoto Independent School District
200 E. Belt Line Road
DeSoto TX 75115
Phone: (972) 223-6666

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