Clay Corley

DeSoto Parish schools Superintendent Clay Corley

MANSFIELD, La. – DeSoto schools Superintendent Clay Corley was more than a year away from his contract renewal date, but School Board members decided last week they want to keep him at the helm and approved a new four-year contract.

The vote was unanimous Thursday to extend Corley’s contract through July 1, 2023. His original contract was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

Corley was hired in May 2018.

With the contract extension comes a pay raise. Corley was hired at an annual salary of $167,000, which was the same beginning pay as his predecessor.

With the new contract, Corley’s salary bumps up to $170,340. He’ll also be eligible for a 2 percent increase for each year he receives a satisfactory evaluation.

By comparison, here are what neighboring school districts currently pay their superintendents, according to information provided to KTBS on Monday:

  • Caddo Parish’s Lamar Goree, $253,000
  • Bossier Parish’s Mitch Downey, $185,500
  • Webster Parish’s Johnny Rowland, $124,456

Additionally for Corley, the DeSoto School Board will pay his share of health and disability insurance and increase his vehicle allowance to $1,200 a month. Corley pays his own vehicle insurance.

At a recent meeting where Corley’s contract was discussed, board member L.J. Mayweather said Corley was doing a good job and he would be happy for him to stay until he was ready to leave.

Board President Bobby Boyd noted since Corley’s employment he had moved from Sabine Parish and built a home in DeSoto Parish.

Corley expressed appreciation for the vote of confidence.

The school district was recently named as one of the Top 10 Top Growth districts in the state. 

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