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School district among best employers in Mississippi

If you work for DeSoto County Schools, you’re working for a pretty good employer. You may say that, your supervisor may say that, but it’s now coming from a national source. 

DCS Supt. Cory Uselton Thursday announced the district, the largest in the state of Mississippi with over 34,000 students, is among the state’s best employers, according to Forbes Magazine.  

DCS was 12th among Mississippi’s 20 best employers.  

It was announced Thursday by Uselton, although the article by Forbes listing the top employers actually is dated Aug. 24, 2021. Still, it’s high recognition for the district, which for Mississippi rates higher as an educational institution employer than the University of Mississippi (14th) and Mississippi State (15th). 

In the education industry, only the University of Southern Mississippi, at six, ranked higher as an employer than DeSoto County Schools and its 2,119 employees.  

“It’s a testament to all of the hard work of our teachers, our staff, principals, Central Services staff all working together to keep schools operational and to do all we can to help our employees,” Uselton said. “It’s been a challenging few years with COVID, but the fact that our school district was ranked by Forbes Magazine shows that our administrators and our school staff have done a good job of working together to provide the best working environment possible.”   

The top five Magnolia State grouping had the University of Mississippi Medical Center first, followed in order by Huntington Ingalls Industries, MGM Resorts, FedEx, and AutoZone.  

Others of note were Baptist Memorial Health Care at eight. Trustmark Bank 10th, Lowe’s (13th), Walmart (16th) and Kroger (17th). The State of Mississippi made the top 20 at number 19, 

According to Forbes, the magazine partnered with market research company Statista to compile its third annual list of America’s Best Employers By State. 

“The list is divided into 51 rankings—one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia—and was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees,” Forbes wrote in the article. “Surveys were conducted on a rolling basis from October 2020 to June 2021 and were anonymous, allowing participants to freely share their opinions. The final list ranks the 1,330 employers that received the most recommendations.”

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Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob provides content for DeSoto County News and occasionally is heard on the OB Pod podcast talking about area happenings. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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