DeSoto Superintendent Placed On Administrative Leave | KERA News

DeSoto Superintendent Placed On Administrative Leave

Feb 22, 2018

DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent David Harris was placed on administrative leave this week.

School board members made the unanimous decision during a special meeting Monday.

In a statement posted online, Board President Carl Sherman, Jr. said the board’s decision was “in relation to concerns regarding the Superintendent’s evaluation, employment and duties.”

Sherman also said the board’s concerns were not connected to the “eventual hiring” of DeSoto High School’s football coach. In January, previous football coach Todd Peterman resigned. Several media outlets have reported that Peterman's departure and the future of the athletic program have raised questions.

The district has also drawn attention for a recent viral video of a fight between the varsity boys' basketball team and Duncanville ISD's team. That fight led to DeSoto's team forfeiting its last two basketball games and the suspension of several players.

Harris was hired in March 2012. He came from the Beaumont Independent School District and is also an ordained minister.

Statement from the school district