Superintendent Elect Cory Uselton discusses plans for DeSoto Cou - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Superintendent Elect Cory Uselton discusses plans for DeSoto County Schools

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Outside DeSoto County Schools headquarters, newly elected Superintendent Cory Uselton said that he knows he has some big shoes to fill, but he's up for the challenge.

Uselton viewed his temporary office for the first time Wednesday. He will spend the next four months learning about his new duties before he's sworn in in January.

"It's going to take some getting used to," said Uselton. "I had to introduce myself at a meeting just a little while ago and I had to get used to that superintendent elect title."

Uselton is not a stranger to the DeSoto County School system. He served as the principal of DeSoto Central High School for the past 7 years. He also has two sons in the school system.

Uselton said he wants to do a little digging for information before he lays out what he will do as superintendent.

"I want to meet as many teachers as I can," Uselton explained. "I want to hear their thoughts and I want to see what their expectations are for their new superintendent of education."

Uselton hopes to bring more students into the district and raise student test scores and graduation rates.

"When you look at it, you got Interstate 69 being built through the county, and we got to be visionary when we think about where the growth is going to be," Uselton added.

As current Superintendent Milton Kuykendall prepares for retirement in December, Uselton is asking for the community's support as he takes the district forward.

Uselton will officially take over as superintendent January 1.

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