Largest school district in MS returns to class Wednesday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Largest school district in MS returns to class Wednesday

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DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) -

One of the largest school districts in the Mid-South is going back to school Wednesday.

Students, faculty, and parents in DeSoto County are ready to start the school year.

DeSoto County is the fastest growing county in Mississippi, and many believe that's because the school system is helping drive the economy.

About four families are moving into the district every day, according to the DeSoto Economic Council.

DeSoto County Schools encompass 42 schools and more than 33,000 students.

It can be hard to leave summer break behind, but many welcomed the sound of the school bell.

"The atmosphere at Lewisburg is very welcoming and exciting, and everyone is really nice to each other, so that's always nice to come to school and have that," said Lewisburg sophomore Gracie Teel.

"We had a pool party, which was great for the seniors," said Lewisburg senior Ravyn Winston.

Despite being the largest district in Mississippi, DCS has lowered the student-teacher ratio over the last three years, helping the district claim the most National Board Certified teachers in the state.

Nonetheless, changes are coming to DeSoto County Schools.

After 12 years on the job, Superintendent Milton Kuykendall is retiring. Tuesday, county voters went to the polls to select his successor. 

No candidate received the minimum requirement of 50 percent of the vote to take the job, so a runoff between Corey Uselton (31 percent) and Jim Ferguson (28 percent) will take place August 25. Click here to watch the candidates debate from earlier in the campaign.

Kuykindall's term ends December 31 and the superintendent will be sworn in January 2016.

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