DeSoto County Schools Supt. Cory Uselton has begun his one-year term leading the group that represents all of Mississippi's school administrators, in addition to his current duties leading the state's largest public school district.
This week, Uselton led his first regular meeting as the new president of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators, as the group held its fall leadership conference in Jackson.
The Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) is the oldest educational organization in Mississippi serving administrators across the state. MASA is the state affiliate for AASA, The American Association of School Administrators, The School Superintendent's Association.
“We are absolutely delighted, as well as honored, to have Mr. Uselton take the reins to serve as MASA's President for the 2018-2019 term,” said Dr. Lisa Karmacharya, Executive Director of MASA. "Uselton will have many opportunities throughout the year to represent Mississippi educators on a state and national level, influencing policy and practice."
Uselton said he looks at the post as a benefit to DeSoto County Schools.
"I feel like it helps our district to be represented on a state level," Uselton said. "It gives us an even better opportunity to collaborate with other district leaders and to be able to share ideas and be able to get ideas from other leaders around the state."
Uselton said he also hopes to be able to have a closer working relationship with legislative leaders regarding educational issues.
"We would love to see our teachers get a state teacher pay raise," Uselton said. "We would also love to see our teacher assistants get a state teacher pay raise. We also talked with House Education Committee Chairman Richard Bennett (R-Long Beach) about school safety and the possibility of additional state funding to enhance school resource officer coverage."
Uselton has been DCS superintendent since his election in August 2015.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.