Desoto County News

School board meets Thursday

The DeSoto County School District Board of Education meets in a recessed meeting for the month of June on Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m. Board members will gather in the boardroom at Central Services in Hernando. 

The board will vote to approve the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget on Thursday. The budget does not ask for more millage, which means property taxpayers will not have to pay additional on their tax bill for the school district portion. The proposal will also included a raise in the local share of teacher and teacher assistant salaries, as we reported earlier this month.

Fulwood Construction is expected to be awarded the contract for construction of the football stadium at the new Lewisburg Middle School campus. Meanwhile, Dynamic Sports Construction is expected to be awarded the bid for resurfacing of the running track at Lewisburg High School.  

Board members will be asked to approve architectural services for expansion of the cafeterias at DeSoto Central High School and DeSoto Central Middle School, along with classroom additions for Southaven Intermediate and at DeSoto Central Middle.  

The district also has plans for partial HVAC replacement at Chickasaw Elementary, Center Hill Elementary, Center Hill High School, DeSoto Central High School, and Lewisburg Elementary, and playground replacement at Pleasant Hill Elementary and Center Hill Elementary.  Board members will be asked to allow bids to be advertised for those projects.  

There will also be revised board policies on the agenda to address emergency closings, curriculum development planning, textbook fine and damage replacement, graduation requirements and graduates of distinction and special distinction.  

You can view the complete tentative agenda on the DeSoto County Schools website.  

Bob Bakken

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