New DeSoto County School District Supt. Cory Uselton told the Rotary Club of Southaven this week he wants to put his stamp on a new “culture” that surrounds the 42 attendance centers in the district.

Uselton said he has made efforts to visit each school since he was elected last August and wants to put a stamp of excellence on each school in the district.

“There’s a difference between climate and culture,” Uselton told the Rotarians. “Climate can change in a school district from day to day, but once you establish that culture, it remains. I want a culture of professionalism, a culture of respect and trust with our teachers and the district office. I want our students to have a culture of excellence where they know the type of expectations out there for them.”

Uselton believes as the culture of excellence takes hold, there will be no need for an emergence of charter schools in DeSoto County, such as has been touted elsewhere in the Magnolia State.

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