Granting Future Economic Development
James Huffman, CEO of Baptist DeSoto Hospital, watched students at DeSoto County Schools learn CPR to save lives. The hospital donated the training CPR kits through a grant program with the DeSoto County Economic Development Council.
Students at the DeSoto County Career & Technology Center--East are learning how to perform CPR thanks to a teacher grant from the DeSoto County Economic Council. The grant program is in its 25thyear and hopes to hit the $1 million mark in giving teacher grants this fall. The grant program is operated through the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Emily Ballard Named Principal at Magnolia School
Emily Ballard, formerly the Speech and Language Coordinator for the DeSoto County Schools, is the new principal for the district’s Magnolia School.
This is the second time Ballard has served as principal within DCS. From 2006 until 2009, she was principal at Hope Sullivan Elementary School. She earned a BS degree in audiology and speech pathology, a MA degree in Educational Leadership, and a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University. She is SPED certified.
DCS Awarded $500,000 Nurse Grant
DeSoto County Schools has received a $500,000 grant through the State Department of Education’s School Nurse Intervention program that will pay the salary and benefits of two nurses for the next five years at Lewisburg and Hope Sullivan Elementary Schools.
Beverly Estes at Lewisburg and Amber McCormick at Hope Sullivan are among 25 nurses who work for DeSoto County Schools. This grant will pay $50,000 per nurse for the next five years if the Legislature continues to appropriate funds and the district meets the grant’s retirements.
By day, Supt. Milton Kuykendall runs Mississippi’s largest school district. By night, and on weekends, he dons western gear and hat, and becomes a cowboy. Kuykendall qualified to show his horse, “Josh,” at the Mississippi Horse Show Association in Jackson.
Southaven High Students Are Focused on Giving
Schools across the nation put a lot of time and effort on Homecoming themes. Students at Southaven High School decided to redirect their efforts and give back to their community instead.
Student Leap Into Math and Science at PHES
Math and science classes are literally alive at Pleasant Hill Elementary.
First Lady Reads to Students at GES
With Early Childhood Education being a focal point of her platform, First Lady Deborah Bryant decided to “Read Across Mississippi” in 2014. She has pledged to read to students in all 82 counties this year. To date, she has read to 62 counties with Desoto County being one of her recent stops.