- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - The new DeSoto County Schools superintendent will make about $170,000 a year when his term starts.

School board members approved the salary of incoming Supt. Cory Uselton in a 3-1 vote during a special meeting Tuesday, The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1J5JzvJ ) reports.

Uselton will make $5.12 per student for a total of $170,024 when his four-year term begins - that’s roughly $5,000 less than his predecessor made.

Board member Milton Nichols voted against the salary, arguing Uselton lacks experience as a superintendent.

Nichols added that he thinks the board should increase his pay only if Uselton meets goals set by the board.

“Certainly, we have great expectations and high hopes for him,” Nichols said of Uselton, “but he’s an elected superintendent with no experience.”

Former Supt. Kuykendall, on the other hand, said he thinks the district should continue paying a superintendent the policy’s recommended $5.25 per student. He says that amount is still the lowest amount paid per student to any superintendent in the state.

“It’s a 24/7 job,” Kuykendall told the board. “I can guarantee you that whatever you pay him, he’ll earn it.”

There are currently 33,208 students enrolled in classes. Under the salary Kuykendall suggested, Uselton would have been paid $174,342.

Uselton is currently the principal of DeSoto Central High School in Southaven. He will take office Jan. 3 and will become the district’s first new superintendent in 12 years.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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