Stephen W. Dodd

Board Member

District 2

DeSoto County Schools

DeSoto County, Mississippi

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It is an honor to serve the citizens of DeSoto County as a School Board Member. This year will mark my twentieth year of service. I was first elected in 1994 and re-elected three other times in a general election.

One of the biggest challenges we have faced as a district is the phenomenal growth in student enrolment. When I first became a Board member, there were about 14 schools and a student enrolment of around 13,000. The DeSoto county School system is ranked an "A" district by the Mississippi Department of Education and has received numerous accolades in academics, sports, band and other extra curricular activities. Today, we have 42 schools, soon to be 43, and an enrolment of approximately 33,000 students. The district has seen an increase in student enrolment every year I have served on the Board. We also have an aggressive plan to renovate all of our existing facilities as well. Although we are pleased so many people want their children to attend our schools, it does bring its share of challenges but we are gladly meeting the needs.

I hope to use this site to provide information about our district. I will provide links to the District website as well as other related sites. Also, I want to use this site as a way to solicit feedback from the citizens of DeSoto County. Part of this will be a way to email me but also there will be a "Hot Topic" page where I will pose questions and will have a form to be filled out with your comments. Also you will find information about me, my thoughts, beliefs and a way to get to know me better. I hope you will find this site useful and will return to it often. Thank you for your support and feedback.